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Confessions of a Tastaholic.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

This past week I've been confused. Some days I feel hungry but not at the same time. (Hopefully some of you know what I mean by that.) It's this weird feeling of wanting to eat something, but yet you're not actually hungry. The other day I couldn't even tell if I was hungry or full! I'd just eaten, and I didn't even clean my plate (the food wasn't very tasty), and I was just trying to decipher what my body was telling me.

Eventually I realized that I was physically satisfied, but my tastebuds were crying out for something more. I wanted to taste something "worth it", something that was delicious. So yes, I wasn't actually hungry, but there was still this feeling of unsatisfaction. The need for something more. Not more food, but more taste. Does that make sense?

Through spark I've been realizing that one of my biggest weaknesses is when I have something sweet and something salty at the same time...then it becomes a never ending cycle as I go back and forth between the two! I love the differences between the sweet and savory.

As I've become more conscious of my eating habits and food, I also realized that I always make sure that my last bite is a delicious one. Whether that means saving the juiciest bite of chicken or making sure I have enough sauce for my last bite of pasta, the last bite I eat has to be the best, otherwise I feel unsatisfied.

So I'm learning more about myself--it's not about eating to feel full, I eat because I like flavors. I enjoy tastes, and if I really like the flavor of something, I'll continue to eat it just to experience it one more time. and then just one more time. last time, I promise. okay really now, I'm done. Ok I'm done, I'm done-- please take the plate away from me!

Have you guys ever felt the same? With a chef for a dad and a mom who cooked Chinese food with the best of them, I grew up with great flavors every night, and grew up with an appreciation for food. But now I'm realizing that this world is just too tasty for my own good! Now my challenge is to figure out how to be satisfied with flavor in only a few bites, instead of wanting juuust one more. Thankfully I've been finding better veggies that I LOVE and that taste wonderful (kale and swiss chard!) so maybe I just need to eat less meat and more tasty veggies. hmm.

Mantra: Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels.

The question is--Do I believe that?
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  • INSHAPE2011
    I have had that feeling, definitely! But usually it is because of emotional eating trigger. The truth is I enjoy food better when I am truly hungry and with every bite as my hunger diminishes so does the satisfaction that food gives me. The only thing that keeps me eating after I am full is emotional!
    1797 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/21/2012 1:30:10 PM
    I agree with the need for one more bite. Sometimes I eat like it's the last time I will ever be able to eat my favorite item. This is something I have to work through, also!
    1799 days ago
  • JENNIFER2578
    Your blog totally makes sense!! You are not alone. I am a saucy, spicy, dip kinda girl and if the food is bland or plain I do not feel as satisfied when I am really full.

    1809 days ago
    You read my mind!! I could have posted this pretty much word for word! I can totally relate. I also try to keep the best most flavourful bite for last!
    1809 days ago
    YESS!!!! I can totally relate to you! The other day, my taste buds weren't satisfied although my body was. Great blog!!
    1809 days ago
    Ugh, I can totallyyyyy relate! My hugest weakness is chips.. I can down those suckers like nobody's business! Sometimes after a savory meal I really crave something sweet, so I usually just allow myself one chocolate. :)
    1810 days ago
    I have the exact same problem! If I have something meh then I need a shot of YEAH! I have a few stand-bys to try and take the edge off of an unsatisfying meal: craisins, rich hot cocoa (90 cal per packet is pretty good!), pecans (they are spicy and very flavorful) and dark/semi-sweet chocolate.

    Thanks for naming that feeling I get when I'm not hungry but I still have an alarm blaring in my mouth saying MORE MORE MORE! I'll think to myself, "But I'm not hungry. I'm not even emotional!" and my tongue is like "OHMIGODGIVEMESOMETHING"

    I like strong flavors, too: black coffee, neat whisky, sloppy-ripe peaches, tart apples. How about you?
    1810 days ago
  • SPARKLE1908
    I understand what you mean because it happens to me as well...I'm trying to use more spices so that "less is more" in the taste department...it's a process but at least you are aware of what needs to be done...you'll do fine!!!
    1811 days ago
    Lol hmm great point
    I haven't been eating that healthy but my body is more efficient now.
    and I have an auto stop button now.

    My body says STOP to salty sweet Carb overload lol
    And I pay it later. Lol
    1811 days ago
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