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August 14, 2007


not hungry but...

I totally agree with you, and also with Andrea Amador. All our food issues are linked to psychological issues, and we need to work on BOTH, at the same time if at all possible. And yes, I think, too, that since IE is what we're aiming for in a normal, psychological-problems-free life anyway, we might as well ditch the diets NOW and do our best with IE. One day, it will all fall into place and IE will not be such an effort any more. Whereas diets are ALWAYS a conscious effort. Now that my self-esteem is normal (as opposed to rock-bottom) and now that I've worked through all my REAL problems (not my weight, no my fat, not my body shape), I don't eat for any other reasons than 'I'm hungry!' (Well, there IS the occasional slip-up, but it is rarer and rarer.) If this could happen to me, then I'm absolutely convinced that it is true for everyone else. I was so desperate so many times in the past 15 years, I can't believe I'm nearly free of all these problems. If I can do it, I'm sure anybody can. But the psychological/emotional issues definitely need to be sorted out, otherwise IE will never really work in the long term. You have to have a high self-esteem in order not to care about what people think about your weight and why you're putting on so many pounds. And you can only have a high self-esteem if you work through the psychological issues.

Andrea Wren

NHB - your comment about dieting being a conscious effort and IE falling into place really resonates with me. Now, the idea of consciously planning my meals and calculating what I'll eat seems so alien to me, and it is only almost 12 months since I stopped dieting. I still do eat when I'm not hungry, but not often, and if I do I'm happy to make that choice and not berate myself for it nor control what I eat at the next meal because of it.

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  • I'm Andrea, and am obsessed with creating fabulous food. After I managed to ditch dieting, the reason Chocolate and Beyond was born, it seemed natural to evolve my site into a foodie blog. More so since I also ditched animal produce to be vegan. Now, I love showing how inventive cruelty-free cooking can be. And sometimes I like to rant, too. I wouldn't be myself otherwise :) x

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