NORMAL EATING IS...

Adapted from Ellyn Satter and permanently up on my fridge (also, a nice antidote to all the diet-related bullshit that is all over the place this time of year)
  1. Going to the table and eating until you are satisfied
  2. Choosing food you like
  3. Eating it and truly getting enough of it
  4. (Not just stopping eating because you think you should)
  5. Being able to give some thought to your food selection so you get nutritious food...
  6. ...but not being so wary and restrictive that you miss out on enjoyable food
  7. Giving yourself permission to eat sometimes because you are happy
  8. Or sad
  9. Or bored
  10. Or just because it feels good
  11. Mostly three meals a day, or four, or five
  12. Or choosing to munch along the way
  13. Leaving some cookies on the plate because you know you can have some again tomorrow
  14. Or eating more now because they taste so wonderful
  15. Overeating at times, feeling stuffed and uncomfortable
  16. Undereating at times and wishing you had more
  17. Trusting your body to make up for your mistakes in eating
  18. Takes up some of you time and attention
  19. But keeps its place as only one important area of your life
  20. CONCL: Normal eating is flexible! It varies in response to your hunger, schedule, proximity to food, and feelings.