I’m sure that most of us at some point in their life, including me, has felt like they’ve eaten too much. Sometimes I feel like after I eat a meal, I start feeling hungry all over again! I wanted to know why I was feeling this way, so with a little research, I was able to figure out why.
Eating wayy too fast. This happens a lot, especially when I’m at work and lunchtime starts creeping closer. I would wait until I was so hungry to eat, when I finally got my lunch I would wolf it down and in 5 minutes I ‘d be done. Then probably an hour later, I’d feel hungry again. So lately, I’ve been eating slower, enjoying and savoring every bite of my food, and I’ve actually found that to work. It takes about 20 minutes for your body to realize that it’s had enough. Now when I have lunch, I take my time, and eat as I catch up on reading blog posts in my Google Reader.
Knowing if I’m REALLY full or not. A recent example happened to me while I was on vacation. In Vegas, there are lots of buffets, and the idea is to just eat and eat so you get your money’s worth. I definitely did, and I’ll admit it wasn’t a wise choice because once you know you’re full, you’re full. Going overboard and over eating results in feeling really sick and then you really think about the value of eating at a buffet. Sure, you may think you got your money’s worth, but I think health is more important. Good thing I don’t live by any buffets!
Eating whatever you want. That sounds easy enough, but I’m saying this with some kind of control. With a mentality of wanting to avoid junk foods like chocolate and cookies will just make you want to indulge even more when you actually get to eat a piece of chocolate (its like gambling… you just want to pull that slot machine one more, leading to another one more and so on). Have a mentality where you’re going to have at the very least 2 pieces of chocolate and then put it away, knowing you’ll have more for another day. (I say chocolate because I actually just had two Hershey kisses and stopped there – it was dark chocolate btw!)
So whenever you’re eating, enjoy your food, savor the flavor because food is a treat in itself! And if you’re interested in learning how to cook healthy, natural foods, I suggest checking out the Healthy Urban Cookbook!