Originally Posted by surfergirl2
I took a different approach. I guess i'm not exactly following IE because if i "mentally" want to eat, even without physical hunger, i allow myself to. It took 3 months, but i think i've finally gotten to the point where there is no "mental" hunger anymore. That's because i gave myself unconditional permission to eat whenever, whatever i wanted.
And i'm applying this not only to eating, but to other aspects of my life (in a more general sense, of course). I am trying to be more true to myself and not live in denial about what i really want out of life. I am more happier as a result. It's still a work in progress, but i am happier now.
I feel the same way about mental eating. It's good to hear that you were able to get to a place to give yourself unconditional permission to eat whatever and whenever you wanted. I am still working on that. I never realized how many unconscious "rules" I have for myself regarding food. It's crazy!