Nutrition Notes VIII
At this time of year, Registered Dietitian Nutritionists tend to work with patients and Emotional Eating. The authors of Intuitive Eating, Tribole and Resch, devised a number scale to help patients be mindful and aware of their hunger and fullness. But first, a little background:
The body has an amazing system to signal both hunger and fullness. Neuropeptide Y (NYY) is secreted at the first stages of hunger. A person eats in response to hunger and then the body releases Cholecystokinin (CCK) to signal fullness. If a person is eating for any reason other than hunger (emotional eating) this signaling system is disengaged. CCK is not released to tell you, “Stop, I’m full.” The key is to be mindful of the body’s hunger and fullness cues and to eat accordingly.
Tribole and Resch rate a “0” as being absolutely starving and a “10” as being uncomfortably stuffed. Intuitive eaters try to navigate in the “4 to 6” where “4” is the gentle beginnings of hunger and “6” is satisfied but not stuffed.
Think about it, practice and don’t worry if you aren’t perfect. The goal is to mindfully enjoy your food.
Happy, Healthy Holidays!
Lisa Richardson MA, RDN