It’s here, it’s here! Spring has finally arrived and it’s making me so happy! Sunshine does miracles in brightening my mood and lifting the funk I’ve admittedly been in. Add in some good meals eaten and I’m a [mostly] happy camper. Speaking of food it’s actually What I ate Wednesday already again. Does anybody else feel like the week in between flew by in record speed? Anyway, thanks to our awesome host and mom-to-be, Jenn!
If you read my last WIAW you’ll know I’m trying to eat more intuitively. So how has it been working the past week? I won’t lie and pretend I had changed a lot of what I’ve been eating. It’s definitely not a walk in the park but I didn’t expect it to be, either. What I did, though, was listening to my inner voice more inspired by the ten principles of Intuitive Eating described by Evelyn Tribole.
Rather than trying to implement all of the ten principles of Intuitive Eating found in the book at once I have a different plan of action. My strategy is to find out how much each of them fits into the stage of recovery I am in and see which ones I currently need to work on most.
Being a volume eater the two principles I’ve been focusing on lately are “Feel your fullness” and “Discover the satisfaction factor”. In the past I would usually clean my plate – or designated serving of a dish if I hadn’t just prepared a [huge] single serving at all in anyway. More often than not I ate past my point of fullness. Do I even need to tell you how uncomfortable it felt? Even knowing I hadn’t eaten more than xyz calories I still felt bad and like I’d overeaten.
Honoring these principles I made a conscious effort to pause during meals and ask myself questions suggested by the authors like: Am I still hungry? Does the food taste as good as when I started eating? Will eating more make me feel better?
Surprisingly, reminding myself that I could go back later and eat more if I wanted to, I discovered that most of the time I was actually satisfied with less. Yes, I did finish the remainder of my serving later in the day but I didn’t feel hungry right after my meals. It might seem like a small success to some but to me it was a good feeling.
One food that will never fill me up is ice cream. Maybe that’s one of the reason I’ve been avoiding it despite being a huge fan but I’ll work on that. Because how sad would a life without ice cream be? Enjoying the first – and definitely not last – scoops of the year on a gorgeously sunny day was pure bliss. Add in that I went with one of my best friends and it was the perfect experience. Great food eaten with great people is simply amazing.
Do you feel your fullness when eating?
Have you read “Intuitive Eating”? If not: Would you be interested in me sharing more about the single principles as I approach them?
What was your favourite meal from the past week?