Come on, confess; you love candy. You want to eat chocolate. Cookies, Ice cream. And then there is the way you dialogue in your own head, that either allows you to do it some of the time, all of the time, none of the time. Everyone has their own inner dialogue; I call it ‘tape loops’ that they hear that get ingrained. Mine, after spending years dieting when I was a dancer were: “I shouldn’t eat that”. Of course, there was the rebellion from that by eating as much of it after a show was over, and I didn’t have an audition! I figured out a way to solve this rut and stop dieting, by learning how to eat every single food I loved. I got back to my stomach. I call it “Eating Like a Kid”. A particularly young kid, because kids early on, can stop eating from their belly, and eat to please mommy, or rebel from mommy or any such thing. As early as 2, kids can eat for reasons other than what their bodies tell them. I consult with so many moms who fret when they have very picky, small eaters. (Usually this is in toddlerhood, early childhood.) I encourage all these moms that in fact, they are doing the best thing as a Mom, to let their kids’ bodies guide them, that in fact when they are toddlers, they are as close to eating from their tummies as they will be and to give your kid good eating habits, is to help them to preserve that connection. To in fact, ‘eat like a kid’.
Thursday 11 Oct 2007