From skwigg's journal:
I love that in Intuitive Eating they define healthy eating as having a healthy balance of foods and having a healthy relationship with food. It was a newsflash to me that being an obsessive jerk to myself in the name of nutrition wasn't actually healthy.
This was something I highlighted in the Intuitive Eating book:
Critics express concern that encouraging people to eat what they want will lead them to eat with abandon, resulting in poor nutrition and weight gain. The underlying belief is that self-monitoring is essential for keeping appetite under control. It is thought that without this vigilance, people would make nutritionally poor choices, including eating to excess. Yet, several studies show that eating restraint is associated with weight gain. Instead, Intuitive Eating is associated with improved nutrient intake, eating a wider variety of food, reduced eating disorder symptomatology, and lower body mass.
This turned out to be true for me even though I had been one of the critics!