I received a text from my dear friend Dana who asked what I thought about an article written by CNN HEALTH, regarding returning to intuitive eating. The gist of it was that if we return to our childlike self, where we listen to our bodies and know what we feel like eating, when we are hungry and when we aren't, then we can restore our bodies to the size they are supposed to be. It suggests that we stop discriminating against size, and feel more satisfied and happy along the way. This sounds terrific- if only...
Here is a link to the article,
INTUITIVE EATING: THE ANTI-DIET, OR HOW PLEASURE FROM FOOD IS THE ANSWER,
SAY IT'S CREATORS.
And here was my reply, with a few extra added words because I couldn't help myself when I started editing. Well, I have a mouthful to say.
Yes I think our bodies HAVE HAD more accurate internal sensors that WHEN interpreted correctly could guide our eating. These sensors must be rediscovered, for sure.
In a study giving children an array of choices everyday on a banquet table, often they would binge on certain foods for a few days and then switch to another and then another in the following days until they’d gotten all their macronutrient needs met over time.
This seems to mimic nature when a tribe would catch a deer and everyone would eat deer meat at each meal until it was gone. There was no round plate with half greens and veggies, a small lump of rice and a portion of animal protein. Back then, I imagine they would hunt or gather for the next day's food and eat to until they were full or at least, eat until it was gone.
Also BEFORE big grocery stores and modern day markets that carry all kinds of foods grown in all seasons available to us around the world, all year long, we had seasonal eating. The earth supplied the appropriate food at the appropriate time of year. When the season changed, the food changed creating a natural revolution of foods that would give us ample amounts of certain nutrients for that season and a change right when we though the couldn't eat any more chard, lets say.
For example, an abundance of fruit that grows in the summer gives us light, cool, high carbohydrate, easy to digest access to to highly absorbable energy from natural sugars for the long hot summer days.
Winter provides us nuts, seeds, beans and grains, root vegetables and sweet vegetables, along with fatty animals for soups and stews to keep us warm and plump us up to insulate us from the cold.
Sprouts and abundant greens in the spring help cleanse our systems with fat emulsifying properties after all that sludgy, heavy food, and the cycle would continue again, every year.
Nature provides basically a three season rotation diet, according to my Ayurvedic teacher Dr. John Douillard, to encourage the entire rainbow of different nutrients to make their way into our bodies. This reduces boredom and encourages anticipation and appreciation.
So... if we had NATURAL conditions and HEALTHY, CLEAN UNADULTERATED, UNPROCESSED, FREE RANGE, WILD CAIGHT, NON GMO, NO PESTICIDES, HERBICIDES, FUNGICIDE FOODS; COMPLETE NATURAL FERTILIZERS and if our food had ALL THE NUTRIENTS IN TACT AS OUR ANCESTORS HAD... then maybe our intuitive eating would make sense.