I get a lot of people asking for specific examples of thin mentality eating so here is an example.
Today- got up early and raced out the door. I did grab a cup of coffee that I love with a big shot of whole milk in it. I wasn’t worried that I didn’t eat breakfast. I wasn’t going to melt, and I wasn’t hungry anyway. I knew that I would take care of myself somehow after my early meeting.
Then, at 10:30 I had some time so I ate a bagel and cream cheese with capers and onions and salmon. I ordered ice tea which was awful so I threw it out. A thin person rarely puts anything n their body that they don’t like. (Dieters do that all the time, right?)
So yea, I had a bunch of fat and carbs for “brunch.” Bad, right? NO! That was a trick question!! It was delicious and salty, (I love salt- don’t know why, don’t care, my health and blood pressure are fine.)
Then I was busy with meetings and such and at around 4:30 I was hungry again. I ate half a chicken wrap that had dressing and pine nuts and vegetables, and a coke. a REAL coke on ice. It was great.
Then at around 7 I finished the other half of that wrap and I had another coke. That is really unusual for me to have two. But I am not worried about it. For some reason I really wanted it.
So if you “count up” my calories etc., it probably is very reasonable.
Honestly, it is even weird for me anymore to reflect on what I ate because I don’t worry about it anymore. I just follow my instincts and spend my life on more important things than hyperventilating about the “best” lunch I could eat for my “diet/nutrition.”
And since I have been a thin mentality person for a long time, I am good at it. I would guess that I won’t want sweet food tomorrow. It just seems like that is how it is for me. Some days I crave it, some days I don’t. I satisfy it when I do, and I don’t shove it down when I don’t crave it. I don’t eat out of habit or because I am going to work out later and can “eat more” today.
Let me go over that one again because that is a big one that I used to do. If I knew I was going to work out later (I taught spinning and aerobics for years) I would eat more. HOw stupid. Even if I wasn’t hungry I would just overeat thinking that I would just burn it off later.
Don’t make that mistake. It is a bad habit to eat when you aren’t hungry. If you are hungry after you work out- eat!! But don’t “eat preventatively.”
Now, if you know that you start to feel really bad during exercise if you have an empty stomach, make some adjustments. Eat a little something.
The whole point is that you have to learn about yourself. You may need to eat a little before you work out. I don’t. We are not the same. Do what is good for you. And that involves learning about your hunger.
So, back to the point of this post, I had a nice day, and ate exactly what I wanted. I didn’t over think it, or worry or stress out or stuff food down my mouth when I wasn’t hungry or skip eating when I was.
The day isn’t yet over- who knows if I will eat some more before bed. I am not worried about it, IF, that is IF I get hungry, I will have another opportunity for enjoyment today.
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