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Monday, February 24, 2014

What is normal eating?

What is Normal Eating?

In examining disordered eating, it might be useful to consider what it means to practise ‘normal eating’. What is considered “normal” in terms of quantities and types of food consumed will vary considerably from person to person. Rather than referring to the consumption patterns a person adopts in relation to food, ‘normal eating’ refers to the attitude a person carries in their relationship with food.
Below are a few definitions accepted by Eating Disorders Victoria which define ‘normal eating’ in this context.
“Normal or natural eating is many things to many people. Not only is there variety from person to person, there is also enormous variety within each individual. It is normal or natural to eat more on some days and less on others, or to eat certain types of foods some of the time, just for the taste of it. It is normal to over-eat occasionally, and under-eat occasionally. It is normal or natural for women to have fluctuations in appetite and in craving for certain types of food as hormone levels vary during the course of the menstrual cycle. It is normal to eat less of the foods you enjoy the taste of now, because it’s okay to have them again another time. It is important to develop the balance between our nutritional knowledge and our natural instincts with regards to food. In other words, we need to get the balance right between using what we know and using how we feel.”
Dr. Rick Kausman, Australian medical doctor who has pioneered the non-dieting approach to weight management. Author of If Not Dieting, Then What?
“Normal eating is being able to eat when you are hungry and continue eating until you are satisfied. It is being able to choose food you like and eat it and truly get enough of it — not just stop eating because you think you should. Normal eating is being able to use some moderate constraint in your food selection to get the right food, but not being so restrictive that you miss out on pleasurable foods. In short, normal eating is flexible. It varies in response to your emotions, your schedule, your hunger, and your proximity to food.”
Ellyn Satter, R.D., A.C.S.W., Author of Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense
“Normal eating includes the ingestion of healthy foods, the intake of a mixed and balanced diet that contains enough nutrients and calories to meet the body's needs, and a positive attitude about food (no labelling of foods as "good" or "bad," "healthy" or "fattening," which can lead to feelings of guilt and anxiety). Normal eating is related not only to health maintenance, but also to acceptable social behaviour, and is both flexible and pleasurable. It is important for people to understand that normal eating fluctuates; however, it should not fluctuate to the point of leading to a nutrient deficiency or excess weight loss or gain. Thoughts about desired foods and meal planning should be part of person’s daily life, but should not dominate it.”
Perieira, R.F. & Alvarenga, M. (2007). Disordered Eating: Identifying, Treating, Preventing and Differentiating it from Eating Disorders [Electronic Version]. Diabetes Spectrum, 5, 141-148.

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