Normal eating is eating when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re full. It is choosing the food you like, both food that makes you feel good and food that just tastes good.
Normal eating uses moderate self-control, but is not so restrictive that you miss out on pleasurable indulgences.
Normal eating is giving yourself permission to eat something because you’re happy, sad, or bored, or just because it feels good. Normal eating is also deciding not to eat because you know you aren’t hungry.
Normal eating is three meals a day, or can be choosing to munch along. It’s leaving some cookies on the plate because you can have some again tomorrow, or it’s eating more now because they taste so wonderful when they’re still warm.
Normal eating is overeating sometimes, feeling stuffed and uncomfortable. It is also undereating sometimes, and wishing you’d had more.
Normal eating is trusting your body to make up for your lapses in eating.
Normal eating keeps its place as only one important area of your life.
In short, normal eating is flexible. It varies in response to your emotions, schedule, hunger, and proximity. But most importantly, it is unashamed.