Three Thoughts That Keep Me Thin
I find these Healthy Thin Mentality behaviors most powerful.
1. If my body craves a food that isn't considered "healthy," I don't question it.
But as I eat, I check in, every couple of bites to make sure I want more.
For example, at dinner the other night and I was craving something sweet and warm and ordered bread pudding. It was amazing. But, since I stay aware of how food is making me feel as I eat it, I easily notice a change in the enjoyment level.
What at first is "amazing" may be "just okay" three bites later. I make sure I notice that. And when 5 bites in, the enjoyment level has truly dropped, it is not hard to stop eating.
Because I know that in five minutes I want more, I will take another bite and see how it makes me feel. If it is amazing again- which can definitely happen, I will have more. If it isn't, then I move on with my life.
2. If I am hungry, but know I have plans to eat a special dinner in a couple of hours, I keep away mean hunger with a few bites of something.
This seems so obvious now, but as a dieter, this wasn't clear to me. It was some mark of fortitude to wait for actual mealtime. But now I know that it is far better to take the edge off of my hunger than to ignore it. Just a few bites of something will allow me to continue having a good day, without feeling weak or being distracted by hunger.
And at the end of the day, I eat less overall because I arrive at that great meal with a calm hunger. I don't feel deprived or desperate. I actually enjoy the dinner more thoroughly, and am able to savor the experience.
3. If I am hungry before bed, I get a snack.
Again, duh, right? Well, dieters understand what I mean, because we are told to stop eating at 7 or whatever. The thought of loading up before bed seems downright blasphemous!
Now, whether it is 11 pm, 1 am, noon, or whenever, I consistently respect my wise body and the hunger I feel. I do not evaluate the time, the day or anything else. I respect it. Sometimes, as mentioned above, I will just take the edge off hunger so I can enjoy a meal later. But in any case, I answer it as well as I can when I am hungry. And in turn, my body is calm, never sends those old binge feelings, and I have lived at my happy, healthy weight since 2000.