I wish I had a lot more time to write here. I think of things all through the day that pertain to intuitive eating, overcoming overeating, and so on. But time is short so here's my thought of the day:
When a person is a smoker, I think that opportunities to stop smoking naturally present themselves. Whether the smoker notices is the key to whether or not the smoking will cease. Here's what I mean:
When you smoke every day, every so often a cigarette tastes really strange or unpleasant (well beyond the fact that to start smoking in the first place, you have to smoke your way past how awful cigarettes actually taste--much like becoming an overeater--you have to eat your way over how unpleasant overeating physically feels if you're going to indulge in the habit on an ongoing basis). Once you're an established smoker and you've settled on your brand and how often you'll smoke and when (i.e. before or after meals or whatever), the smoking experience becomes predictable and enjoyable. You crave that certain something at the same times each day. Then, suddenly, one day you light one up and it just doesn't taste right. You wonder, is the pack stale? Is this really my brand? What is going on here?
I think this is a natural cue to question smoking. I don't think there's always an outside reason for the change in taste and appeal. I think it's the body mustering up what it can to swing the addiction. What if in one of those moments, the smoker decided just not to smoke?
This happens with overeating too. If you have a habit of eating at a certain time and place regardless of whether or not your body is wanting / needing it, occasionally you will probably be woken up to what you're doing. Something will suddenly taste unusual; just not right.
Do you stop eating and step away or ignore the weird taste and continue eating or try eating something else?
I think these natural cues to try and make us aware of what we're doing signal us in various ways every day. Do you notice them? Do you have any examples?