Thursday, May 23, 2013
In pre-Spark times, food used to be a tool to get distracted from daily stress and troubles for me.
Got home, ate whatever I fancied, but not fancy food. Huge amounts of carbs instead.
I got distracted indeed because my blood flow had to re-direct itself from my brain to my gut, so I successfully forgot about stress and trouble, and went to bed early.
But this way of eating never satisfied me, however much I ate. I wasn't paying attention and didn't appreciate my food.
I didn't make a nice plate of food I really liked, instead I went back to the kitchen for more and more slices of bread.
When found SP, I started to pay more attention to what I am eating.
The quality of my food improved, and most of my meals didn't induce cravings.
But overeating, eating mindlessly in the evening came back from time to time, when I was bored or stressed.
I realized recently, that though I do focus on eating healthier, delicious food in reasonable amounts, I still don't pay attention to eating the food.
Eating good food mindlessly is better than eating crap mindlessly, but often leaves me unsatisfied. And then I eat more... Less than I ate in the past, but enough to make me feel bad.
In the past few weeks I set myself a goal to eat my dinner slowly, and spend at least 15 minutes actually eating. I realize that nourishing my body is just one aspect of food, another aspect is enjoying it. Making a good meal and then eating it mindlessly is wasting half the value!
Since I set myself this time limit, I do eat slower, and slowing down helps me enjoy my food. Feeling the taste, smell and texture, seeing the lovely colors is a great source of pleasure!
When I'm finished, I'm aware that I just ate a nourishing and delicious meal, and I'm content and satisfied. And I have my brain to myself, up and running, have the power to spend time with my family, to watch movies, to read...
This seems to be working, and I don't feel deprived if I'm doing this.