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Archive for: August, 2014
Aug
27

Eating A Huge Salad Teaches You To Ignore Satiety

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I used to woof down huge salads when I was a dieter.  Oh sure, they had vegetables and I was careful with the dressing etc.  So yes, they were ever so “healthful.”

But, since this was all I was “allowed” to eat, plus maybe a little plain chicken and a diet jello, I made darn sure I ate every last bite. Does this sound familiar?  Do you know what this teaches you?  It teaches you to ignore your stomach that is bloated with broccoli and cauliflower, and instead eat because of the future- as in – you are not allowed to eat later so stock up now.

This is absolutely backwards.

Overloading your stomach is never a good idea.  Right? Does it feel good?  No!  So listen to your body telling you to stop.  Again, even if you know what you are eating is nutritious.

Instead, train yourself to eat until you aren’t hungry anymore.  Eat until you are in the happy state of being satisfied but still feeling good and breathing normally for goodness sake!!

Remember, eating past satiety is a habit – that you can break.  Don’t be afraid!  It is not eating when you ARE hungry that is hard.  When you learn that any ole time your body asks for food you can eat, you will no longer fear hunger and your diet mentality will fade away.  YEA!

Aug
23

Thin Mentality Quiz Question Explained

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I hope your thin mentality is coming along!  Here is the second answer to the thin mentality quiz explained.

Here was the question:

2.  If you are eating something and you realize it is not “hitting the spot,” what is the Thin Mentality thing to do?

  • a.  Just eat it anyway, another meal is around the corner
  • b. Stop eating it and if at all possible, get something that does hit the spot.
  • c. Stop eating it and just stay hungry.

The answer is B.

Here is why:

Anytime you don’t take care of your hunger with respect to what your body is asking for, you undermine your progress toward establishing a thin mentality.

Remember, food for thin mentality people is a joy, not  a punishment, and what you eat is based on you, not a book, a diet list, or Dr. Oz.   And I need to remind you that you will crave nutritious food as well as cake.  That is life, that is normal, that is good.

So establish the habit of being very picky and respectful of what your body is telling you.

For example,  if I get up late and am meeting someone for a meal and they want to go to lunch because it is already 11:30, I try to find a place that has breakfast food too.  Because, for example on weekends, if I  got up at 9:30 and just had some coffee, I am not in the mood for lunch at 11:30.  I am in the mood for breakfast.  And being “in the mood” for a food counts as important!  It is part of the joy of eating.

And I respect my moods and I believe that my body has important messages for me.  Maybe I crave breakfast because breakfast food is generally sweeter, for me, and I need that sweetness and calories to start my day.   I just know that if I say yes to eating lunch when I want breakfast, I will start my day on a less than fantastic food note.

No, it is not always possible to take care of your hunger like this.  Life gets in the way.  But, in general, if you value what you crave and try to respect that craving, your thin mentality will take off.

Of course the flip side of this fantastic freedom and joy is that you must also establish the habit of STOPPING when hunger is quiet.  Of course this is respecting your body’s voice as well.

But when you CAN eat whenever you are hungry, you will begin to see that the pleasure of eating without hunger pales in comparison.  Just say to yourself, yes I can have more food whenever my body gives me a signal to eat.

So the next time you want an omlette and hash browns and you are at a burger joint, remember it is worth it to wait (unless you are in stage 3 hunger) to get what you truly want.  I have absolutely done that– been at a restaurant and just had coffee, left my friends and gone and had the breakfast I was craving.  No not always possible, but when it is, you feel calm, taken care of and your thin mentality strengthens.

Value your hunger.  Value your cravings. Respect your body’s voice.

Have a great evening.

 

 

 

Aug
22

Thin Mentality Quiz Answers Explained

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The first question of the thin mentality quiz that I put out Wednesday Aug 21 2014 was:

As a thin mentality person you wait until you are really, really hungry, and you can’t think of anything else before you eat.  True or False

The correct answer was false.

If you are wondering why, let me explain:

The fundamental premise of living with a thin mentality is using common sense.  It is NOT common sense to let yourself get miserably hungry.  (And I feel I have to interject here that we need to remember how lucky we are that food is abundant.  It is not a “curse” as some diets would make you believe, it is a gift)

So why isn’t it wise to let yourself get so hungry you can’t think of anything else?  Because if you get to that point, which I call stage 3 hunger, you are no longer in the happy zone where you can calmly enjoy some food that you are craving.  You feel desperate and you end up behaving desperately.  You just grab any old stale cracker, you throw back some chips that you don’t even like.  Your eating experience isn’t pleasant.  Yes you are over hungry.

Stage two is the stage to eat.  The markers of this stage:

1.  You start to have some specific thoughts about what would be good to eat,

2.  When you think of eating you salivate

3.  You are distracted from your day by your hunger.

But remember we all must take the time and effort to learn about our hunger and how it manifests.  Remember, we are all different, so this will vary too.   These are mine.

But the idea here is your thin mentality is about taking care of your hunger happily, and with an eye toward joy and satisfaction, not deprivation and angst.  And of course, when hunger is calm and quiet, stop eating.  Why?  because feeding yourself beyond hunger is a huge betrayal of your body’s voice.  Don’t do that to yourself.  The reward?  A body that you love, and a joyful relationship with food.

It would seem so odd to our ancestors that we make such a misery out of eating.  Well I did!  Do you?  I used to lament over choices and buy foods I didn’t love so I wouldn’t over eat and sometimes eat something because I knew the calories and I could track my day better-  what craziness!

14 years into my Thin Mentality and I desperately want to share this focus with you.  I know how much misery a diet mentality yields.  You can get your thin mentality back, the normal healthy attitude toward food that you were born with.  Yes You CAn  You just need a cheerleader.  And I am here.

Get normal!  Get healthy- and I am talking mentally too-  think how much food stress impacts your mental health- ugh!!

The next question on the quiz will be explained tomorrow!!

Have a great weekend.

Aug
20

Thin Mentality Quiz

testIf you have been trying to build a thin mentality, take this quiz and see how you are doing- five quick questions!

1.  As a thin mentality person you wait until you are really, really hungry, and you can’t think of anything else before you eat.

 True or False

2.  If you are eating something and you realize it is not “hitting the spot,” what is the Thin Mentality thing to do?

  • a.  Just eat it anyway, another meal is around the corner
  • b. Stop eating it and if at all possible, get something that does hit the spot.
  • c. Stop eating it and just stay hungry.

3.  If you are worried that you won’t  be able to eat later when you are hungry, what is the thin mentality thing to do?

  • a.  Realize that it would be smart to pack a little something to take the edge off your hunger until you can get something that you really want and need for your next meal
  • b. Just realize that sometimes you must suffer.
  • c.  Avoid this siutation

4.  Whenever possible, try to convince others who are on a diet and losing weight that they should stop.

True or False

5.  If you want french fries, try having a baked potato first to see if that satisfies you.

True or False

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