chapter  7
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The Value of Feeding Yourself

WithMargit I. Berman

Acceptance practice will support us as we begin the process of driving where we really want to go. One place where we may have never considered where we really want to go is with food and eating. The idea that gluttony causes an ugly, undesirable body is a piece of cultural programming most people have been exposed to. Anthropologists use the term "foodway" to describe a culture's "diet," that is, the way people in that culture habitually eat. Not all people may have values they wish to express through food. Food, ultimately, is necessary for life, and a normal, healthy relationship with food leaves space for pursuing other values. Nutritionist Ellyn Satter gives the excellent definition of normal eating: Normal eating is going to the table hungry and eating until we are satisfied. Notice that this definition isn't perfectionistic.