I can have it if I want it . . . . and then somehow, I don't want it
Friday, November 09, 2012
This happened twice yesterday.
A couple of weeks ago I decided to not track, and eat more intuitively. No foods are off limits, but you are encouraged to think about whether you really want it.
In the morning I ran out of time, so I did not prepare lunch for the kids & myself. I I found myself happily in the line at the cafeteria with a piece of banana cake on my tray. No food is off limits, right? I have not had something like this all to myself for months. Yum. Then I looked at my watch. 11.30am. With the kids I often eat lunch around this time . . and I thought to myself, do I really want cake? Is that the fuel that my body wants at this time? No. I want lunch. I put the cake back and selected a salad sandwich. And ate the apple I brought. No need for cake.
In the afternoon I was in a shopping centre starting my Christmas shopping with my daughter asleep in the pusher. I started to think about getting a muffin. I can if I want to. Which somehow took all the desire out of it. I'm not hungry. I finish shopping. I go home. Later I am peckish, so I chop some grapes & mix them through some greek yoghurt. Healthy & satisfying.
I'm not saying this is always going to work - but I am really pleased with how these occasions went. In both cases I was not feeling deprived or virtuous in making a better decision. I was thinking about what my body needed.