Simple Eating Boundaries

- POSTED ON: Jun 29, 2015


My current path is to experiment with various Diets, Ways-of-Eating, Lifestyles, "non-diets" in a random manner .......
....... whenever it seems to me that one of these might become helpful in my own weight-loss and maintenance.

Previously I shared that in the last few months, I've been investigating the "3 Principles" concept, with a focus as to how that might impact my own ways of eating.

DietHobby's Blog Category - The 3 Principles contains several videos of Julian Frasier, who claims weight-loss success based on his understanding of the 3 Principles. In a recent video I saw him make the following statement about what led to his weight-loss:

"I realized it's all made up.
It's Just Thought.
I stopped following my urges to go and eat."

I found this statement to be quite meaningful, and have been pondering it for a while now, wondering if, and how, it might apply in my own situation.  At this point what seems to be clear to me that every type of eating I engage in involves some type of "urge to eat".  So for me to eat ANYTHING always involves a choice of WHICH eating urges to follow or not follow at any given moment. 

I have learned that my own physical hunger pattern is dependent upon whatever eating pattern that I establish.  Eating a lot makes me physically hungry for a lot of food.  Consistently eating very little makes me physically hungry for very little food.  However, my own extensive study
and experimentation with "Intuitive Eating" has shown me that - for me personally - the "hunger and fullness" concept is far too vague to be useful. For past writings on the Intuitive Eating concept, check out DietHobby's ARCHIVES.

For the past ten+ years I've counted and recorded the calories in the foods that I eat daily, - even when I was experimenting with Intuitive Eating plans - and this counting-recording process has become a sustainable habit for me.  However, it seems clear to me that for right now, In order for me to continue with my current 3 Principles experiment re eating, I need to set some additional, simple, eating boundaries for myself.

 So my current update is that after looking at a great many past diets with which I've previously experimented, I've chosen to add the eating boundaries of the "No S diet" to my current 3 Principles experiment.  Some of my past writings about the No S diet can be found within DietHobby's Blog Category - The No S Diet.

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On Jun 29, 2015 AJ wrote:
I always come back to the No S diet. I have also included fasting with it in the past to keep me from overeating when I came off a fasting day. It worked for a year and a half, the longest I lasting on any diet. Time to go back again. Thanks for the encouragement!

On Jun 29, 2015 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Hi AJ, I've experimented with various forms of No S off and on many times during the 7 years since I first read Reinhard's book, and I still place a high value on his approach to moderation and habit.

On Jun 29, 2015 oolala53 wrote:
Nice to see you, Phyllis! Does this mean you will eat a meal three times a day? I assume you will be recording calories. How will this be different from your most recent habits?

On Jun 29, 2015 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Hi oolala, It's good to hear from you again. Yes, I will continue to record my calories in order to monitor my food intake. Last year I spent quite a lot of time experimenting with various aspects of the 5 bite diet, and learned ... again ... that it is not for me. Recently, I've been working to eat very low calorie, but have been eating essentially without any set pattern or structure. A while back, I ran across the blog of Dr. Amy Johnson PhD; bought and read her books, and as a result began researching the 3 Principles to learn more about the background of her philosophy. I became interested in whether or not, or how, that "inside-out" "innate wellness" concept might become helpful with my personal weight-loss and maintenance, and have been learning and experimenting in that area. As part of that process my "inner wisdom" ... (or common sense) ... leads me to believe that, at present, I need some eating STRUCTURE, and ... so again, I feel drawn toward the No S pattern of eating. My current plan is to eat 3 small meals of whatever I choose from 5 to 7 days a week, while avoiding sweets, snacks, and seconds on "N" days, and making them optional on "S" days to the limited degree that they will fit into my maintenance calorie averages. Essentially, that's a "vanilla" No S pattern, except it also involves a calorie restriction. Like Reinhard says, there's less room for self-deception when you ask yourself "Is this a brownie and is it 4:30 a.m. on Monday?" than when you ask yourself "am I hungry?"

On Jul 01, 2015 rroush wrote:
I have been trying to figure out a plan to try next. The No S plan is so simple that it makes sense. I need to stop making excuses why it won't work for me and just try it again. I have read about your interest in the 3 principles, but I haven't had a chance to watch the videos. I only ever seem to think about watching them when I am away from home. I might see what I can find on google to read about it in the meantime.

On Jul 01, 2015 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Hi, Rebecca. Good to hear from you. Very Simple, yes, but I will admit that I am still finding the No S rules: "no snacking" and "no sweets" for 5 days a week difficult to stick to.... but this is only the end of the 4th day on this time of No S ... One of my problems is ... give me a rule... ANY rule...., and I'll find a reason why not to follow it.

On Jul 06, 2015 rroush wrote:
I have this problem too Phyllis. I have in my mind what I want to do/try when it comes to food and then before I know it I've justified why it won't work and I should do something else.

On Jul 07, 2015 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Rebecca, Good to know that I'm not the ONLY one who does that. =)

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