Eating Small Meals
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Over and over again lately I am hearing comments about the size of my meals. It is really irritating! After I had surgery on my esophagus last year I had to learn to eat small meals, and I eat slowly. I learned through that experience that eating several small meals a day works much better for my metabolism, so I vowed to continue that practice. It takes some planning, but it is worth it because I am never hungry. I am careful to stay in my calorie range (I track each meal), as well as my carbs, protein and fat (even the ratios of these so I know I am getting enough of each). So why do people keep questioning me on this? I eat every three hours, I am not starving, but someone recently commented on my weight loss and said, "you are pretty much starving yourself." Say WHAT? I couldn't eat more if I wanted to! If we are eating lots of fruits and veggies and if we are eating reasonable portions, we wouldn't want to eat huge servings anyway because those foods are very filling! I make sure to get my protein and healthy fats in as well. Then this morning a person saw my breakfast and said, "Is that ALL you are eating?" Another person told me that it wouldn't fill her up. I had an egg, ham and cheese and I supplement that with fruit or juice (100% fruit or veggie). Yesterday I had yogurt and granola for breakfast and these meals are usually about 300 calories, give or take. I also eat a smaller breakfast of cereal and milk when I get up at 4:30 a.m., just to get me going. So no, I am certainly not starving and certainly I am not hungry.
I have done Weight Watchers a few times, and I have lost weight but I have not kept it off (this time with SparkPeople I WILL keep it off). But the lessons learned in the meetings have stuck with me. One lesson was when a favorite leader told us that our tummies actually only hold an amount that is about equal to the amount of a closed fist. If I look at my fist and compare it to the size of the standard sized plate of food, I see that we generally eat way too much at one time. This stretches our stomach and makes us feel like we need more to fill us up.
I have also watched some of my naturally slender friends eat. They usually eat very frequently. Some even graze all day. But they eat fruit, veggies, nuts, yogurt and the portions are tiny. I know that this method of eating is not for everyone. Sometimes I get tired of it myself. Sometimes my husband has to remind me that it is time to eat. But I have also noticed that eating this way I have fewer migraines, I am not as tired and certainly I am not as cranky. I am sure it is because my blood sugar levels are much more steady. And I opt to continue to eat this way to feel better!