Friday, January 28, 2011
My pre-teen daughter knows when she's hungry and when she's not. She eats when she's hungry, she stops when she's satisfied, and she doesn't eat when she's not hungry. Thanks be to God!
When I came in from an appointment, she needed something at the mall and we scooted over there before I realized I hadn't had lunch. After walking a while I was very hungry and was looking for some economical protein. (I hadn't replaced the contingency protein bar I usually keep in my purse.)
"I'm thinking of some chicken, honey--do you want something?"
"No thanks, Mom. I'm not hungry."
When have I ever turned down an offer of food on an outing? Whew!
Although I've noticed that she stops eating when she's had enough, this was such a vivid contrast to my gotta-have-something-yummy hang-ups, it made a dramatic impression on me.
To her I simply said okay. Inside I was dancing and giving thanks to God. It ain't broke! Her appetite system works naturally, normally, simply! What a beautiful thing!
I do think I am in appetite rehab, using Beck Diet Solution's sensible approach. I have great optimism about re-educating my own inclinations and responses!