What is Normal Eating?
Normal Eating is...
- Positive and flexible eating that depends on internal cues to
- Being able to eat when you are hungry and continue eating until
you are satisfied
- Being able to choose food you like and eat it and get enough of
it- not just stop eating because you think you should
- Being able to use moderate constraint in your food selection to
get the right food, but not being so restrictive that you miss out on pleasurable foods
- Giving yourself permission to eat because you are happy, sad,
bored, or just because it feels good.
- Three meals a day, most of the time, but it can also be choosing a
- Leaving some food on the plate because you know you will eat it
- Eating more now because because it tastes wonderful when it's
- Overeating at times- and wishing you had more
- Trusting your body to make up for your mistakes in eating
- Knowing it takes time and attention, but keeps its place as only
one important area of your life
- Flexible, and varies in response to your emotions, your schedule,
your hunger, and your proximity to food
- A Normal teenager should have a food intake of 2,000 to 3,000
calories in one day.
Reference: Margo Maine, Ph. D, Director Eating Disorders
Program (The Institute of Living, 400 Washington St, Hartford, Connecticut 06106)
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