Intuitive or Planned Eating and Stress

My friend, Sandy, who follows a strict food plan has being coping with many difficult and stressful situations in her life. She’s sad, worried and exhausted

As always, Sandy adheres strictly to her food plan. Even if she has had a long, tiring day and can barely keep her eyes open, she eats her complete dinner, whether she actually wants it or not. Sandy says that even if she’s forgotten to eat and ready for bed a 11 pm, she’ll make herself sit down and eat dinner. In this way, she believes, she won’t wake up absolutely starving and in danger of over-eating. She takes all thinking and questioning out of food and eating.

I, on the other hand, tend to listen to my body during difficult times. I’ve been really busy and working a lot and dealing with some stressors. I fly out the door (too) early in the morning and have about 30 seconds for lunch. Usually, I have something I need to do after work and by the time I get home, I just wanted to hang out with my cat, take a bath and go to bed. If I forget to eat or am too tired or not really hungry, I don’t eat.

This doesn’t mean I don’t have some outline of what goes into my mouth and body. If you look at what I eat, it’s usually the same kind of combination of vegetables, protein and starch, with some dairy and some, but not a lot, of starch. And, as I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, I don’t like to eat often and think about food too much. However, if I’m hungry, I will always eat. And if I’m not hungry, I tend not to.

This works well for me. My friend’s plan works well for her.

I wonder what other people think and what you are eating.

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