Sunday, January 22, 2012
For the most part I avoid eating cereal, unless its a healthy type like Fiber one or others with high fiber and protein. To me most of them have the texture of hay and really turn me off.
Another reason I don't like to eat cereal is because a serving is usually so small it seems impossible to stay satisfied for more than an hour. When I was a kid I formed a habit of eating half a box of sugary cereal in one sitting. That habit followed me into adulthood so I stopped eating them.
I have about 5 open boxes of "healthy cereal" that I don't want to throw out, so in order to get rid of them I put myself through a challenge. I started measuring out one portion of cereal(3/4 cup) and almond milk (I only used 1/2 cup) and started paying attention to how I really feel afterwards- I actually felt satisfied. I usually add a few nuts to help increase protein intake.
Next I needed to pay attention to how long I stayed satisfied. Being honest with myself, I started to feel like I wanted something in an hour and a half to two hours. That's where my real challenge began. Do I eat something, drink water, get up and make myself busy?
Most of the time I grabbed a piece of fruit this is another one of my weaknesses- I don't care for fruit. I'd also drink a bottle of water and the other half a cup of milk. Again, I'd stay satiated for another two hours and then it starts again.
Paying attention while eating is a big deal for me. I'm used to wolfing down my food without really being present, not savoring, tasting or enjoying the flavor. They say it takes 20 minutes for the brain to get the message that the stomach is full. No wonder my eating habits are so messed up my poor brain keeps missing the memo.