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  • pinuplovepinuplove Posts: 12,732Member Member Posts: 12,732Member Member
    I think similar dishes being prepared for fewer calories at home vs in a restaurant is a separate issue from intuitive eating, but maybe that's splitting hairs. For most people, it probably is easier to stay within their calorie goals preparing and eating the majority of their meals at home.

    I intuitively eat at a maintenance level 50 pounds heavier than I should be, though, so I'll continue some form of tracking (not necessarily full on logging and weighing, but I need accountability) for the foreseeable future.
  • BarnardSunshineBarnardSunshine Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    I believe I lost the ability to eat intuitively when I was a small child as a result of growing up in a household with poor nutrition values. I cook most of my meals from scratch and have for a long time- I don't believe I would ever be able to get to the point where I don't count calories but maintain my weight long-term. My hunger meter is very much broken.
    That being said, there's definitely a difference living in a household with ready access to snacks and excess food and one where only what is needed is kept in the fridge/cupboard. When I lost most of my 100 lbs of weight, I was living alone and only bought what I knew I was going to eat/cook with. There were no extra snacks, and I was not tempted. I have been living with my parents for the past couple of years while I work to pay off student loans and gained 25 lbs. They stock their house like they are expecting the apocalypse. It's really a ridiculous amount of food, but that is unfortunately the culture we live in and they are not going to change at this point, and it's not my place to lecture them in their own home.
    edited September 2018
  • swirlybeeswirlybee Posts: 345Member Member Posts: 345Member Member
    I cook at home, mostly from scratch. The only pre-packaged stuff that I use is ready-made chicken stock or every once in a rare moon, I use bouillon cubes. I have two friends who are obese, and they eat nothing but home-cooked meals, except that their portions are so much bigger than what I’m used to. Eating to maintain weight became intuitive to me when I started calorie counting. I’ve been at this for about 12 years now. After my initial weight loss, my weight would creep back up because I wasn’t mindful of portion control. I know what my maintenance calories are supposed to be and so I would just dial my portions back to size.
    sijomial wrote: »
    factor "if you didn't like what was on the dinner table that night, well that was just too bad" worked the other way when I was growing up - you were expected to clear your plate. We had some epic battles of will over vegetables!

    That's becoming an issue in my household. I want to make sure that my kids are eating enough so I always tell them to clear their plate. My 9-year son is getting a little heavy for his size so I'm giving him smaller portions and clearing plates is no longer a requirement. My 6-year old daughter though is such a finicky eater. I want her to grow up with a positive relationship with food and a good body image.
  • bpotts44bpotts44 Posts: 1,059Member Member Posts: 1,059Member Member
    It never worked for me. If I don't count calories I will slowly gain over time or on vacations/holidays.
  • ahoy_m8ahoy_m8 Posts: 1,866Member Member Posts: 1,866Member Member
    No. Doesn't work for me at all. I eat out one meal a week and otherwise make all the meals for everyone in the house from scratch. It is very, very easy for me to over eat anything, including broccoli (acquiescing that a broccoli binge has less caloric consequence than overeating raw almonds, for example).

    I have read that being involved in all aspects of food prep -- meal planning, shopping, prep & cooking -- is more satisfying than just eating, and hence people involved in the prep might feel satisfied sooner and ultimately eat less. Not sure about that. What helps at home is I will have weighed all ingredients and know exactly how much I should serve myself. So I'm more likely to be over-served in a restaurant than at home. But if I were intuitively serving myself at home, I suspect I'd be equally likely to overeat at home as when dining out.
  • nowine4menowine4me Posts: 3,946Member, Premium Member Posts: 3,946Member, Premium Member
    I cook all of my meals from scratch. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. If I stuck to only eating what I cook, I could maintain pretty effortlessly. But I get totally tripped up (still) by “outside” foods, 99% of which i encounter in the break room at work. It’s the perpetual dumping ground of crap food. Therefore, I log. I can’t wait to retire some day.
  • littlebear0121littlebear0121 Posts: 1,066Member Member Posts: 1,066Member Member
    I cook 21 meals a week at home, mostly from scratch. We have a large garden and apple orchard, and I even grind the wheat to make flour for bread. If I would eat intuitively, I am sure I'd gain back the weight I've lost.
  • TonyB0588TonyB0588 Posts: 8,220Member Member Posts: 8,220Member Member
    WinoGelato wrote: »
    I know lots of scratch cooks who got fat eating their home cooked meals - so the assumption that Home cooked meals somehow makes it easier to eat intuitively and maintain a healthy weight effortlessly doesn’t really jive for me.

    I also know plenty of people who eat in restaurants and/or eat prepackaged foods and are able to fairly easily maintain their weight.

    I fit in between - I enjoy cooking, enjoy eating in nice restaurants, but rely on convenience foods and sometimes fast foods to fit my busy life. I log but don’t weigh foods, I lost weight with this approach and am now maintaining for several years. I wouldn’t consider myself an intuitive eater, but I’ve never been a volume eater or binge eater. I became overweight because I ate a little too much of too many foods, and I had become far less active.

    I think trying to connect your success with intuitive eating, with your home cooking preference, and tracing that back to previous generations is not a solid connection. There may be some correlation, but I even think that’s shaky at best.

    Congrats on your success in maintenance!

    I think a lot depends on what there is in the house to cook or eat. I see some meal descriptions which I would have to label as "gourmet", compared to my very simple upbringing and even my current lifestyle. So "intuitive" might be a difficult notion to apply in a generalized way.
  • cmriversidecmriverside Posts: 28,519Member Member Posts: 28,519Member Member
    pinuplove wrote: »
    I cook all my food from scratch.. I have not been in the inside isle of a grocery store to buy anything..just to take a short cut to the other side of the store.

    I don't use any bottled salty sodium laden dressings or sauces either.. I use vinegar, spices, wine, and no salt added canned tomatoes and tomato paste to flavor most of my dishes.

    so.. with that said...I don't count calories or log my food. only once in a while out of interest. I believe that my whole foods diet is what finally made me successful at losing all my weight this year. It has been amazing and I weigh less than I ever have after counting calories for YEARS.

    But to answer your question.. I eat intuitively... just because my diet is so clean.. I know what is what because I've made a real change in my nutrition and the way I eat and view food.

    When you count calories and eat chips, cookies, coke and other junk and decide as long as it fits a calorie goal.... you never really change the habits that got you fat In that case, one needs the ball and chain of logging to keep in check.

    Serious question - where (or do) you buy your dried legumes? Rice? Quinoa? Vinegar, spices, and canned tomatoes are all on the inside aisles of most grocery stores. It's not all cookies and chips. The doughnuts, cakes, and deli/fried chicken/prepared grab and go foods are on the outskirts of my local store, however.

    haha. I know you didn't ask me but when did that ever stop me?

    At my monster Fred Meyer they have a bulk food section where I buy my beans and nuts and they also have flour, pasta, quinoa, legumes, all other grains, nuts, spices, fresh ground peanut butter, chocolate covered pretzels and all manner of delicious bulk treats. It's essentially in the produce area, right on the edge. It's pretty great. This image shows maybe a third of it.

    I am not the dedicated cook that @elisa123gal is, but I want to be when I grow up.

    I know we're splitting hairs here, but it is MFP. :)

    bulk_bins.jpg
    edited October 2018
  • pinuplovepinuplove Posts: 12,732Member Member Posts: 12,732Member Member
    pinuplove wrote: »
    I cook all my food from scratch.. I have not been in the inside isle of a grocery store to buy anything..just to take a short cut to the other side of the store.

    I don't use any bottled salty sodium laden dressings or sauces either.. I use vinegar, spices, wine, and no salt added canned tomatoes and tomato paste to flavor most of my dishes.

    so.. with that said...I don't count calories or log my food. only once in a while out of interest. I believe that my whole foods diet is what finally made me successful at losing all my weight this year. It has been amazing and I weigh less than I ever have after counting calories for YEARS.

    But to answer your question.. I eat intuitively... just because my diet is so clean.. I know what is what because I've made a real change in my nutrition and the way I eat and view food.

    When you count calories and eat chips, cookies, coke and other junk and decide as long as it fits a calorie goal.... you never really change the habits that got you fat In that case, one needs the ball and chain of logging to keep in check.

    Serious question - where (or do) you buy your dried legumes? Rice? Quinoa? Vinegar, spices, and canned tomatoes are all on the inside aisles of most grocery stores. It's not all cookies and chips. The doughnuts, cakes, and deli/fried chicken/prepared grab and go foods are on the outskirts of my local store, however.

    haha.

    At my monster Fred Meyer they have a bulk food section where I buy my beans and nuts and they also have flour, all other grains, nuts, spices, fresh ground peanut butter, chocolate covered pretzels and all manner of delicious bulk treats. It's essentially in the produce area, right on the edge. I know we're splitting hairs here, but it is MFP. :)

    bulk_bins.jpg

    What fun is MFP if we can't split hairs? :lol: I've seen those, although that isn't how most stores where I live are arranged unless you visit the infamous Whole Foods. Do they also have canned tomatoes and vinegar on the outskirts? :wink:
  • cmriversidecmriverside Posts: 28,519Member Member Posts: 28,519Member Member
    pinuplove wrote: »
    pinuplove wrote: »
    I cook all my food from scratch.. I have not been in the inside isle of a grocery store to buy anything..just to take a short cut to the other side of the store.

    I don't use any bottled salty sodium laden dressings or sauces either.. I use vinegar, spices, wine, and no salt added canned tomatoes and tomato paste to flavor most of my dishes.

    so.. with that said...I don't count calories or log my food. only once in a while out of interest. I believe that my whole foods diet is what finally made me successful at losing all my weight this year. It has been amazing and I weigh less than I ever have after counting calories for YEARS.

    But to answer your question.. I eat intuitively... just because my diet is so clean.. I know what is what because I've made a real change in my nutrition and the way I eat and view food.

    When you count calories and eat chips, cookies, coke and other junk and decide as long as it fits a calorie goal.... you never really change the habits that got you fat In that case, one needs the ball and chain of logging to keep in check.

    Serious question - where (or do) you buy your dried legumes? Rice? Quinoa? Vinegar, spices, and canned tomatoes are all on the inside aisles of most grocery stores. It's not all cookies and chips. The doughnuts, cakes, and deli/fried chicken/prepared grab and go foods are on the outskirts of my local store, however.

    haha.

    At my monster Fred Meyer they have a bulk food section where I buy my beans and nuts and they also have flour, all other grains, nuts, spices, fresh ground peanut butter, chocolate covered pretzels and all manner of delicious bulk treats. It's essentially in the produce area, right on the edge. I know we're splitting hairs here, but it is MFP. :)

    bulk_bins.jpg

    What fun is MFP if we can't split hairs? :lol: I've seen those, although that isn't how most stores where I live are arranged unless you visit the infamous Whole Foods. Do they also have canned tomatoes and vinegar on the outskirts? :wink:

    I would bet that poster doesn't use canned tomatoes. She said "No salt added tomatoes" so I bet that meant "none." She probably makes her own vinegar. :lol:

    edited October 2018
  • pinuplovepinuplove Posts: 12,732Member Member Posts: 12,732Member Member
    WinoGelato wrote: »
    pinuplove wrote: »
    I cook all my food from scratch.. I have not been in the inside isle of a grocery store to buy anything..just to take a short cut to the other side of the store.

    I don't use any bottled salty sodium laden dressings or sauces either.. I use vinegar, spices, wine, and no salt added canned tomatoes and tomato paste to flavor most of my dishes.

    so.. with that said...I don't count calories or log my food. only once in a while out of interest. I believe that my whole foods diet is what finally made me successful at losing all my weight this year. It has been amazing and I weigh less than I ever have after counting calories for YEARS.

    But to answer your question.. I eat intuitively... just because my diet is so clean.. I know what is what because I've made a real change in my nutrition and the way I eat and view food.

    When you count calories and eat chips, cookies, coke and other junk and decide as long as it fits a calorie goal.... you never really change the habits that got you fat In that case, one needs the ball and chain of logging to keep in check.

    Serious question - where (or do) you buy your dried legumes? Rice? Quinoa? Vinegar, spices, and canned tomatoes are all on the inside aisles of most grocery stores. It's not all cookies and chips. The doughnuts, cakes, and deli/fried chicken/prepared grab and go foods are on the outskirts of my local store, however.

    Same here - and I am suspicious of anyone who says they never have to go on interior aisles - yet refer to cooking with canned tomatoes, spices, even wine.... flour? Rice? Quinoa? Oats? These are all on the exterior? Is this a circular grocery store that only has an outer ring with all pristine clean foods and then an inner ring of doom where all the junk food is kept?

    The easier to judge your fellow shoppers with, my dear!
  • cmriversidecmriverside Posts: 28,519Member Member Posts: 28,519Member Member
    spices, even wine.... flour? Rice? Quinoa? Oats?

    ...all in the bulk foods. Pretty sure she makes her own wine.
  • pinuplovepinuplove Posts: 12,732Member Member Posts: 12,732Member Member
    pinuplove wrote: »
    pinuplove wrote: »
    I cook all my food from scratch.. I have not been in the inside isle of a grocery store to buy anything..just to take a short cut to the other side of the store.

    I don't use any bottled salty sodium laden dressings or sauces either.. I use vinegar, spices, wine, and no salt added canned tomatoes and tomato paste to flavor most of my dishes.

    so.. with that said...I don't count calories or log my food. only once in a while out of interest. I believe that my whole foods diet is what finally made me successful at losing all my weight this year. It has been amazing and I weigh less than I ever have after counting calories for YEARS.

    But to answer your question.. I eat intuitively... just because my diet is so clean.. I know what is what because I've made a real change in my nutrition and the way I eat and view food.

    When you count calories and eat chips, cookies, coke and other junk and decide as long as it fits a calorie goal.... you never really change the habits that got you fat In that case, one needs the ball and chain of logging to keep in check.

    Serious question - where (or do) you buy your dried legumes? Rice? Quinoa? Vinegar, spices, and canned tomatoes are all on the inside aisles of most grocery stores. It's not all cookies and chips. The doughnuts, cakes, and deli/fried chicken/prepared grab and go foods are on the outskirts of my local store, however.

    haha.

    At my monster Fred Meyer they have a bulk food section where I buy my beans and nuts and they also have flour, all other grains, nuts, spices, fresh ground peanut butter, chocolate covered pretzels and all manner of delicious bulk treats. It's essentially in the produce area, right on the edge. I know we're splitting hairs here, but it is MFP. :)

    bulk_bins.jpg

    What fun is MFP if we can't split hairs? :lol: I've seen those, although that isn't how most stores where I live are arranged unless you visit the infamous Whole Foods. Do they also have canned tomatoes and vinegar on the outskirts? :wink:

    I would bet that poster doesn't use canned tomatoes. She said "No salt added tomatoes" so I bet that meant "none." She probably makes her own vinegar. :lol:

    She specifically said 'no salt added canned tomatoes.' I'll refrain from pointing out the irony if she adds any salt to her recipes...

    I'm sure I'm about to be accused of attempting to lose weight on a diet of Twinkies and Spaghetti-ohs anyway. Nevermind the spinach and grilled chicken salad I had for dinner last night. The (perfectly calorie-appropriate though sodium-laden at a jaw dropping 180mg) Caesar dressing came from an inner aisle, so I'm still doomed.
    edited October 2018
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