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Old 02-09-2002, 10:32 PM   #1
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Lose weight without dieting? HOW?!?!

By getting to the root of why you overeat in the first place! "Why Weight," written by Geneen Roth, is a non-diet book that contains exercises designed to help compulsive eaters learn how to stop using food as a substitute for handling difficult emotions or situations. You'll also learn how to enjoy eating and still lose weight naturally. This program offers reassuring guidelines on:

-- kicking the scale-watching habit forever
-- learning to say no
-- discovering other pleasures besides food
-- learning the difference between physical and emotional hunger
-- listening to and trusting your body's hunger and fullness signals

Each week at least one exercise will be posted and you are encouraged to share your answers, thoughts, etc..

Please share any insight, ideas, articles or other information that you may have.

Join us in Breaking Free from Compulsive Eating!
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Arrow Exercise 29, 30 31

Exercise 29: Are you hungry now?
Close your eyes for a minute. Take some long deep breaths in, and let them out. Really let yourself relax. Keep your eyes closed. Roll your tongue around a few times in your mouth. Do you notice any sensations connected with hunger or fullness in your throat? And then, moving your awareness down to your stomach, move one of your hands down to your stomach. No matter what youíve eaten or not eaten today, what is your stomach telling you about its need for food? Is it hungry? Put your hand on your abdomen. Whether youíve eaten or not eaten, what is your abdomen telling you? Is it hungry?

Exercise 30: What is hunger, Anyway?
In what part of your body do you first experience hunger?
Throat Stomach Mouth Abdomen Head Legs

Is hunger different from:

Pain Yes or No
How?

Excitement Yes or No
How?

Loneliness Yes or No
How?

Sadness Yes or No
How?

What feeling follows yoru recognition that you are hungry?

Panic Relief Excitement Urgency Fear

Remember that your hunger is your ally. It is your bodyís way of telling you that it needs nourishment.

Exercise 31: The Hunger Scale
On a scale of 0 to 10, 0 is famished, 10 is I canít eat another bite because if I rolled over, my belly would stay on the other side of the bed.. And 5 is comfortable.

With your eyes closed, rate your physical hunger right now. (If you are at 4 or below, you are hungry; if you are at 5 or above, you are not.)

At this moment, my hunger is at #_______.

[COLOR=royal-blue] For one week, rate your hunger before and after you eat. Please to not judge your responses. [/color]
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[COLOR=sky blue]Exercise 29: Are you hungry now? Close your eyes for a minute. Take some long deep breaths in, and let them out. Really let yourself relax. Keep your eyes closed. Roll your tongue around a few times in your mouth. Do you notice any sensations connected with hunger or fullness in your throat? And then, moving your awareness down to your stomach, move one of your hands down to your stomach. No matter what youíve eaten or not eaten today, what is your stomach telling you about its need for food? Is it hungry? Put your hand on your abdomen. Whether youíve eaten or not eaten, what is your abdomen telling you? Is it hungry?[/color][COLOR=dark red] Nope. I am definetely not hungry. In fact, I am very full from drinking an EAS Carb Control Shake. Throat hunger and stomach hunger are both satisfied. Throat is cold.[/color]

[COLOR=sky blue]Exercise 30: What is hunger, Anyway? In what part of your body do you first experience hunger? Throat? Stomach? Mouth? Abdomen? Head? Legs?[/color][COLOR=dark red] Always in the back of the throat, sometimes in stomach.[/color]

[COLOR=sky blue]Is hunger different from: Pain? Yes? No?[/color][COLOR=dark red] Yes and no.[/color][COLOR=sky blue] How?[/color][COLOR=dark red] Acute chronic hunger such as experienced by people who do not have enough to eat IS painful both physically and mentally. Hunger felt by someone who simply hasn't eaten in awhile but has access to food CAN cause stomach pain, weakness, and other symptoms if carried too far. But simple day-to-day hunger when it is getting time to eat can be pleasant and anticipatory in nature.[/color]

[COLOR=sky blue]Excitement? Yes or No?[/color][COLOR=dark red] Yes and no.[/color][COLOR=sky blue] How?[/color][COLOR=dark red] Anticipating something one likes to eat can be exciting. Eating just for fuel and ignoring the emotional, spiritual and psychological aspects of what we want to eat can be quite boring, in my opinion.[/color]

[COLOR=sky blue]Loneliness? Yes or No?[/color][COLOR=dark red] No.[/color][COLOR=sky blue] How?[/color][COLOR=dark red] In my experience, hunger does not FEEL like loneliness, although I often use it to alleviate loneliness. I recognize lonely and never mistake it for hungry.[/color]

[COLOR=sky blue]Sadness? Yes or No?[/color][COLOR=dark red] No.[/color][COLOR=sky blue] How?[/color][COLOR=dark red] Same as above.[/color]

[COLOR=sky blue]What feeling follows your recognition that you are hungry? Panic? Relief? Excitement? Urgency? Fear?[/color][COLOR=dark red] I've felt all of these at one time or other in relation to hunger.[/color]

[COLOR=sky blue]Exercise 31: The Hunger Scale. On a scale of 0 to 10, 0 is famished, 10 is I canít eat another bite because if I rolled over, my belly would stay on the other side of the bed ... and 5 is comfortable. With your eyes closed, rate your physical hunger right now. (If you are at 4 or below, you are hungry; if you are at 5 or above, you are not.)

At this moment, my hunger is at[/color][COLOR=dark red] #8.[/color]
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Thought this was a good tip.....

The 10 Minute Rule

If you find yourself reaching for something yet you're questioning whether or not you really do want it or should be eating it....maybe you don't really want it......wait 10 minutes. After that, if you still want it....then have it. The fact that you waited and thought about it is a sign of success, it's a step in the right direction and it's a behavior change....putting more thought into what you're eating and why is so important.

Congratulate youself for that and enjoy without guilt.

This rule is meant as a way of getting you to pay more attention to what you're putting into your body and why....not an excuse for overeating.
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Itís not the wound that determines the quality of your life, itís what you do with the wound Ė how you hold it, carry it, dance with it, or bury yourself under it.

Life is what happens as you live with the wounds. Life is not a matter of getting the wounds out of the way, so that you can finally live.
From: When Food is Love, Geneen Roth


This really resonated with me because for most of my life I have tried to get my wounds out of the way. It's only in the past few years I have realized, as Geneen writes, that they are a part of me.
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