Susie Orbach on Eating

Susie Orbach on Eating

Susie Orbach

Language: English

Pages: 132


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

'Eating is pleasurable, eating is delicious, eating is sensual' says Susie. But for so many of us eating is associated with anguish and abstinence. From the first page this little book shows us how to think and feel differently about what we eat. So that we eat when we are hungry, eat what we want to eat to satisfy us and stop when we are full. Each page contains an easily absorbed bite-sized statement to transform eating that hurts into eating that nourishes and calms. This book isn't magic but it feels as if it is.

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hungry. Find out why you eat when you aren’t hungry. Address the reasons directly. Food can only satisfy stomach hunger. It cannot make other hungers go away. It can only postpone them or temporarily cover them up. If you are lonely and you eat, you will have given yourself a reason why you are lonely –’I’m too fat and therefore I am lonely.’ You won’t have addressed your loneliness; rather you will have taken yourself a step away from solving it. You will also – without meaning

you are hungry for now, and then pay close attention while you eat it. If you are eating with others you may want to be private about what you are doing. Invent a phone call you have to make or excuse yourself and go to the toilet with a book for a few minutes. Give yourself a chance to be immersed in another activity and see whether your hunger is still calling you. If you find you are still hungry, choose the foods that will satisfy that hunger. If you realize that you are not hungry

won’t be such a surprise or shock when you get there. If you are imagining yourself as a different person when you become thinner, and want to develop those aspects of yourself, try to do so now. Experiment with those ‘new’ parts of yourself. If you imagine you would be more confident or sexier, try to access that part of you now. It really doesn’t have to do with size. Act as you would if you were your ideal size. Don’t miss out on your life until you think you are the ‘right’ size.

eating. Eating is like other bodily functions – sleeping, peeing, walking, sneezing. Our body sends us signals, which we can respond to. This book will help you to respond to your body’s inner register. It will be your personal guide to eating. Undoing years of chaotic or unhealthy eating takes time. Learning to eat in a new way, a way that will work for you for the rest of your life, is like an injured person learning to walk or talk again. It takes practice before it becomes second

difficulty is that if you can’t eat then you lose even more energy and that can make you feel weak and sick. The yoga probably gave you a different and more alive sense of your body, even though your heart was heavy, and made a physical demand on your body, which then restored your appetite. Perhaps recognizing your upset but doing something physical, such as walking, when you are blue would be a way to stimulate your appetite so that the vulnerability you feel emotionally doesn’t have to be

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