It’s been very interesting watching the latest weight control “it diet” gather steam in the media. It’s the “non-diet” diet of Steven Hawks EdD (Doctor of Education) , professor at Brigham Young University, and the founder, president and director of the new National Institute of Intuitive Eating (“doors opening in July 2006”, according to website).
Dr. Hawk’s version of “intuitive eating” is an amalgam of the philosophy that’s been helping women for the past 33 years at Green Mountain at Fox Run, along with his own ideas about this and that. Normally “intuitive eating” is not sexy enough on its own to merit much media attention – it’s just too commonsensical and not gimmicky enough – but since Dr. Hawk has married it with the words “diet” and “weight loss” so heavily, it’s become the new “in” thing. It’s been interesting to see this “new and hottest trend” emerging when a whole lot of others (physicians, clinicians, therapists, movement therapists, dietitians) in the Health at Every Size and non-diet movements have been guiding people to healthy weights and mindsets for a lot of years through mindfulness and intuitive eating and exercise.
Although very simple in approach (eat until satisfied, then stop), the practical application can become complicated when years of dieting, societal pressures, body unacceptance, and being solely focused on weight loss are in the mix. For those that can just read “eat, stop when full” and do it, more power to you. Really, I mean that.
But for most, finding the place of peaceful eating inside of them requires some guidance, and often being immersed in an environment that is free of the judgments, pressures and obligations of “life” and ther relentless pressure of believing your body is not any good until it “loses weight.” Learning to eat until satisfaction is a skill and practice like any other – you can go out and whack a ball with a golf club and maybe you hit a hole in one.
Others of us need some help, particularly if we don’t want to hit a hole in one, but finish the course competently every time. Learning the philosophy of the game, having someone show us the proper grip, letting our muscles learn what a good swing feels like might be some ways that we’d learn how to be “natural.” I’m glad I had a coach like Green Mountain to help me be natural with food and my body, but for any of you that can read about it and do it, here’s the latest story on Dr. Hawks Intuitive Eating.