NP0014 Diets and Our Demons

This blog focuses on discussion regarding the course NP0014 Diets and Our Demons.

NP0014, Diets, Session 1, Judith Matz

Welcome to “Diets and Our Demons,” a 4-week webcast series, which will cover a variety of perspectives about helping clients maintain mental and physical health.

In this first session with Judith Matz, the director of the Chicago Center for Overcoming Overeating, she will present some of the research that shows that dieting is actually counterproductive. Matz will discuss why the practices of attuned eating and weight acceptance can offer a more effective substitute to conventional dieting techniques.

After each webcast session, a Comment Board will be provided so that all of you can share reflections on what you’ve learned, or any questions you may have. We believe these forums create a sense of community of learning and help inspire each other. Please take a few moments to comment on what was most interesting or relevant to you, and we encourage you to include your name and hometown with your comments.

Thank you so much for your participation, and welcome to this relevant series. If you ever have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email support@psychotherapynetworker.org anytime.

*Make sure to check out our January/February 2011 issue, which was also called “Diets and Our Demons.” This issue reported on research and case studies related to different ways of looking at dieting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If you’re interested, check out that issue here.

01.17.2012   Posted In: NP0014 Diets and Our Demons   By Psychotherapy Networker
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  • 0 avatar Marie Sweeney 01.17.2012 13:33
    How do attuned eaters shop for groceries?
    • Not available avatar nicole carlisi 01.17.2012 14:20
      I encourage my clients who are just starting out with this to of course see a nutritionist first who specializes in ED and the non diet approach. I also encourage them to shop throughout the week in small doses if their schedule allows and to experience going to the grocery store and thinking about what to make, cook etc and what they are hungry for. It takes practice. For some clients, some food is safe and unsafe if they are bulimic, anorexic etc., so intuitive eating may not start right away for them. ex/ (they may not be ready to bring home a whole cake right away.)
  • Not available avatar Emily Mohr 01.17.2012 14:33
    I find that the biggest hurdle for my clients with binge eating or compulsive overeating is accepting their body as it is. Giving up the dream/hope/goal of a smaller body is a definite loss and not one that most people, particularly those who have had negative social experiences because of their weight, are likely to easily sign up for. I'd love to hear others' experiences with helping clients get to the point of being willing to accept a future that does not include that dream (the thin me I know I am inside). I'm sure we have a wealth of experiences and strategies between us!
  • 0 avatar Marie Sweeney 01.19.2012 01:53
    Great session; very useful. I read her article afterwards and it was so well-written it prompted me to buy the book on Amazon!
  • Not available avatar JT 01.20.2012 16:10
    Thanks for the very useful and engaging session.
    The part that stood out the most to me was the message about not having a signal to stop because one never had a signal to begin with. Such a useful way in which to talk about this with clients.

    One question I do have is this: to what extent do we encourage clients to pack food with them so they can prevent themselves from experiencing deprivation? Is there a danger here for compulsive eating due to the increased cues while one eats?
  • Not available avatar Summer Sunderland 01.21.2012 16:25
    My question is personal, but applies to many others. I am on a restrictive diet due to a medical condition, and there are countless foods I can not ever have, from grapes to chocolate. Before getting this about 3 years ago, I was basically an attuned eater, which worked well for me. I called it the satisfaction diet. Since then, I have gained weight, and it is very difficult for me to not overcompensate for being deprived of foods I want by overeating,especially after being at a party, etc and watching others eat what I can not have. Plus, if I want, say soup, I need to make it from scratch, so there is a time barrier to eating what I want as well. I know there are many people on special diets now due to health issues. How do you work with the psychological issues of deprivation that can result from this while honoring attuned eating principles?
  • Not available avatar Sneha Nikam 01.22.2012 12:07
    The session was good, informative. Even I personally do not believe in dieting but balanced eating. Thank you Judith Ma'am and Rich Sir.

  • Not available avatar RG 01.22.2012 17:07
    Great webinar, thank you! My question is personal and is around how to translate this to feeding children. For years my husband and I have had the rule, need to eat some protein and vegetable before you have dessert (our children are 4 and 6) but I am wondering if you might think this translates into encouraging a child not to be attuned to their body and their cravings and creating a "get the healthy stuff out of the way so I can get to the goods" sort of mentality. I can't count how many times we hear "how much do I have to eat of this before I can have dessert?" which leaves us trying to guess on our own what would be reasonable as the response "well, how much are you hungry for?" would most likely lead to a single bite or none. On the other hand, we're not willing to serve ice cream in lieu of dinner. We don't ask them to eat if they're not hungry but we do limit their choices to the healthy if they are "only a little hungry". How does attuned eating work with this with children?


  • Not available avatar Barbara 01.25.2012 12:42
    This was great - I recall the article for Networker and that I was impressed by it at the time. I gotta take a little issue with the dismissal of Weight Watchers, however, as I have to comment that the program - while rather expensive, but less so than many "weight loss plans" - has moved very much in the direction of attuned eating. I became a lifetime member in 1989 (but fell off the wagon since) and have seen it evolve into a much more health-oriented, attuned eating type of plan. While I still hope one day to be at a healthier weight than I currrently am, I find that this way of doing things - being able to eat what I want, being aware of hunger and satiety, focusing on satisfaction instead of deprivation - is much healthier and makes me happier than simply "following rules".
    I also appreciated Judith's comment that we often don't know our signal to stop because we aren't aware of the signal to start! Great stuff - thanks!
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