Redefining Normal, Then Becoming It


Green Mountain during a winter night

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!

One response to “Redefining Normal, Then Becoming It”

  1. Cindy says:

    I’d be interested to know how our readers would define ‘normal eating’. What does that term mean to all of you? What’s ‘normal’ anyway?

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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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