Healthy Eating: Are You Eating Enough?


A recent discussion on our alumnae discussion board got me thinking about this topic.  A few of our past participants have been talking about how they are obsessed with food, and that they can’t stop thinking about it.  While food obsessions aren’t always about eating enough, sometimes they are.

Whether we’re consciously trying to eat less or not, when we don’t eat enough, our bodies cry out for more.  The trouble is, many of us don’t trust that cry, and still rely on preconceived notions of how much we ‘should’ eat (derived from diets, of course) at any one time.  Plus, we’re often trying to lose weight, so we consciously choose to eat as little as we can get by with…until we get so hungry, we overcompensate, e.g., binge eating.

Learning to trust our body’s cues for eating is tough after years of worrying about our weight.  But think about other ways our bodies guide us — do we have to think about breathing?  No, it’s an automatic process that’s critical to life.  Eating is, too.  Try holding your breath until it gets uncomfortable.  How do you breathe after?  Almost in gulps, right?  Eating erratically (skipping meals, eating too little, then overeating) and eating wildly unbalanced meals and snacks, can also throw your natural cues off.  So we need to eat regularly — every 3 to 5 hours on average — and aim for balanced meals most of the time.

And don’t forget to eat what you like!  If we don’t, we’re never going to be satisfied.

2 responses to “Healthy Eating: Are You Eating Enough?”

  1. stephiebee says:

    Something I wrote recently

    Nicole Richie

  2. marsha says:

    Hi, Stephiebee and Weight loss,

    Love the Nicole Richie piece. can’t not give a little piece of advice, tho. if we want to truly take care of our bodies, letting go of the ‘ideal image’ is a must. but also letting go of diets — south beach or whatever. instead, feed ourselves well (and that does include martinis in moderation) and use our internal cues for how much.

    and that’s my thought about ‘weight loss’s’ post. yes, eating enough is critical to preserving metabolic rate. but trying to vary calories to preserve it is diet mentality. we don’t need to to do that to stay healthy (which is what preserving metabolism is all about). our bodies are perfectly capable of managing that if we just treat it correctly, e.g, using internal cues for eating, eating the right foods (again, which do include martinis or cupcakes or whatever in moderation), and moving our bodies regularly.

    enuf from me for now. Thanks for your comments!

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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