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Pleasure over time

Saturday, January 12, 2013

I decided to go back to the IOWL podcast on the Naturally Slender Eating Strategy. I'm so glad I did.

In it, Renee describes in detail how naturally slender people eat.

Though I've heard her podcast many times, tonight what stuck out for me was the notion that when choosing what to eat, we need to pause and think about what will give us the most pleasure over time.

She goes into great detail about this key concept. Over time means not just in the few minutes after eating, but in the next few hours, and the next day when you wake up.

Listening to this, I realized that I've forgotten to apply this wonderful technique. I've been so caught up in my emotional frenzies, that I haven't been able to think about how a food I put into my body is going to make me feel later. And I've been hurting myself as a result. I've been eating way too much, too fast, and foods that have made me feel quite ill hours later and even the next day.

I mentioned in an earlier blog that when it comes to exercise, I always counter any thoughts about not doing it with a reminder that I'll feel so much worse if I don't, there is no point not doing it. This motivates me so much that I never miss exercise, even though during the week I have to wake at 3 or 4 AM just to get it in.

Renee's strategy is very similar. Before I decide to binge on cashews, I need to remember how I'll feel an hour later and the next day. And I need to remember that the awful feeling I have is so depressing, painful, and demoralizing, that it's not worth it!

Another key concept that struck me was when she mentioned how much better food tastes when we eat while hungry and savor each bite. This is another important strategy that I've forgotten to apply. When I binge, nothing really tastes good because I'm not hungry. Also, nothing is satisfying because I'm eating standing up, as fast as I can. I don't savor the flavors, textures, taste. I don't know what I'm doing, quite frankly, in those moments.

So tomorrow, Sunday, a great day for new beginnings, I'm going back to this wonderful strategy. I will think about getting the most pleasure over time, and I will go back to eating seated, slowly and mindfully, but only when I'm hungry enough to truly savor the meal.
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RUNNERRACHEL 1/13/2013 7:11PM

    So good that you're thinking of exercise--they way you'll feel when you do it versus how you'd feel if you missed it. Food is the same...satisfaction and how you feel after is worth more than the taste--and if you don't taste/enjoy it, it's definitely not worth it. Keep up the good, hard work!

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WILLOWBROOK5 1/13/2013 4:54PM

    This is a very powerful truth! What a great concept to remember when there is an urge to eat unwisely. Pleasure over time. Especially when for me often a binge doesn't even bring pleasure at the moment of eating. Thanks for sharing such an important insight.

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CHRISTINASP 1/13/2013 12:18PM

    Good thoughts.

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    Thanks very much for this post. Yes, that is so true.........both for food and exercise.

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    It's like the CD I have been listening to and how it's changing the way I look at food... emoticon

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ANDREAG89 1/12/2013 10:47PM

    I wish I had read this before I ate too much pizza tonight! emoticon

Thank you for the reminder. I have to SLOW DOWN AND THINK before eating!

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