Redefining Normal, Then Becoming It

By Marsha Hudnall on 05/17/2010
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Green Mountain in the dead of a winter night. It's gorgeous but I'm looking forward to summer right now!

It’s interesting how 29 degrees is warm in February in Vermont, yet bone-chillingly cold in November or May…and bone-chillingly cold in Texas and other parts south any time of the year.  It’s all in what we get used to.

The same idea can be applied to our behaviors around food. What do we think of as normal?  Careful attention to what we eat, or an enjoy-the-moment attitude that often leads us down a less than desirable path?

From the perspective of someone who is struggling to become a normal eater, either scenario can spell trouble.  From the perspective of a normal eater, however, the two scenarios can actually be acted out at the same time.  Paying attention to what we put in our mouths can equal peace, contentment, fun and feeling great.

If you’re not a normal eater, how do you become one, to get the same, clearly desirable outcome from your behaviors around food?  By recognizing, then getting on with the work that needs to be done in terms of beginning to think differently about food, our bodies, ourselves.  In other words, changing how we think.  And that means that we have to stop and think, instead of letting ingrained notions and habit guide us.  A tall order perhaps but one that’s infinitely rewarding.

Check out the wealth of articles we’ve written over the years for various of our insights on changing thinking about healthy eating, healthy lifestyles and healthy weight and healthy weight loss, which all point to the enjoyment to be had when we do start to think differently about it all.

Enjoy your week!

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