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The CAMP System
The CAMP System
Living CAMP
Feed The Need
Coming into
Balance and Harmony
With Food
The first Principle of the CAMP System is “Never be Deprived.”   This simple idea seems to make so much sense, but actually is quite radical. Most of the diet industry in this county---indeed the whole diet mentality---is based on the idea of deprivation, and includes intimidating lists of forbidden foods, components, methods of preparation and quantities.

In one sense, this makes some sense. There are some aspects of food that we want to be careful about: fat content, trans-fatty acids, salt, etc. But being careful and depriving oneself are two different things. Being careful means paying some attention; depriving usually involves an emotional component that ultimately sabotages the diet.


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The first Principle of the CAMP System is “Never be Deprived.”   This simple idea seems to make so much sense, but actually is quite radical. Most of the diet industry in this county---indeed the whole diet mentality---is based on the idea of deprivation, and includes intimidating lists of forbidden foods, components, methods of preparation and quantities.

In one sense, this makes some sense. There are some aspects of food that we want to be careful about: fat content, trans-fatty acids, salt, etc. But being careful and depriving oneself are two different things. Being careful means paying some attention; depriving usually involves an emotional component that ultimately sabotages the diet.

The CAMP System says: Feed the Need. But feed it with care, attention, wakefulness, deliberence. If you crave French fries, it will do you little good to force yourself away from French fries forever. With CAMP, better is to have some fries, but a few, eaten very attentively. This give you your fries “hit” without loading you up with fried foods.

Using this approach, you realize that no foods are denied to you. You can make strong decisions about when, where and how much of each food to have. You can even make the decision to defer having a particular food today for some other day. That bag of cookies in your cupboard will be there tomorrow; you might give yourself a cookie or two---feeding the need---but knowing you have given yourself permission, you put off having the cookies until tomorrow. This approach is very empowering. You---not any other person or system or regimen---are the one making decisions about the content of your daily food. 

And all foods are available to you.