30 July 2010

Eating Out Loud

This post inspired by the newest member of the Blogs that inspire me in the sidebar to the right. The name of her blog is "Did I Just Eat that Out Loud?" and it got me thinking that eating out loud is one of the most important changes I've made in the last few months.

One of Geneen Roth's guidelines for a healthy relationship with food is to "Eat (with the intention of being) in full view of others." This fits right in with one of my everyday philosophies that I've embraced for years. Somehow, though, i never applied it to my eating habits until recently. My philosophy is that if I wouldn't want my mother/husband/daughter/best friend to know that I'm doing it, then it's something I shouldn't do. Now how did I preach that philosophy for 20 years (and probably even posted it on facebook while downing an entire bag of Reese's miniatures)without realizing how directly related it was to my fat?

One of my IRL friends asked me the other day how I am doing so well at resisting temptation and I gave her a simple answer, but this is an important piece of the puzzle. My daughter is almost 9 years old. She wants me to reach my goal of a healthy BMI and I have involved her in my journey because I want her to understand how I got here and how I'm getting to where I want to be. She may not know all the crazy details of what goes on in mom's head, but she knows it boils down to making good choices about food and movement. The next time we talk about it, I will be confessing that for the first 8 years of her life, I had been sneaking food. I'm not going to do that anymore. If I don't want to be judged for what I'm eating, it's a clear sign that I've already judged myself and decided I shouldn't be doing it.


  1. I love "Did I just eat that out loud" as well! She has a wonderful sense of humor and a really fresh outlook on life. Definitely one of my favorite blogs!

    But you bring up a great point that you can't go around sneaking and hiding food AND be healthy at the same time. Great realization!


  2. I love that blog, too. :D

    You are ding something so important for your daughter. Teaching her a good relationship with food, now should help to save her a lot of anguish later in her life. Good for you, Mom!

  3. I agree that it's important to teach your daughter to have a good relationship with food, and to learn the importance of nutrition and exercise.

    I hope I'm done with the sneaky eating. It's another of those difficult habits to break.

  4. This guideline gets me too...and it's one that I've started to realize has a profound effect on me too.

    What if I live my life like that? In full view of others and didn't just stop at food?

    Hmmm...I need to think about that. And maybe you've inspired a blog post. :)

  5. I use to sneaky eat. I would stop and get donuts and eat them before I got home. I wonder now who I was hiding it from...


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