Wednesday, July 03, 2013
When I travel, I go out to eat. It's too tough to try to make my own meals with only a microwave and a fridge. (Or maybe I am too lazy.) Now, I do restrict myself to salads on the most part, instead of anything and everything (fattening) on the menu.
In the past, when I ate out, I would eat everything on my plate. I came from the Clean Your Plate school, so anything left behind was "wasteful" aka "waistful".
But last night was different. Last night, I ordered a salad and then a plate of grilled shrimp. I ate all the salad, which was delicious. Then the grilled shrimp and grilled veggies came. I was surprised at how...I guess, fatty is the word...they tasted! I mean, they were good, but not as amazing as I had remembered (this is not blaming the chef; this is talking about ME and how my v views on food have changed).
I was getting full though after having about 4 of the jumbo shrimp. I slowed WAY down in eating. Finally, I had 2 shrimp left. I really thought about how I felt, and while Clean Your Plate Schooling was clamoring for me to finish, my body was giving a resounding "NO!"
And you know what? For the first time, I left those shrimp on my plate. I paid my check and left those shrimp on the plate, not in my gut. In fact, thinking back, I felt I could have not eaten a few others of the shrimp, so full was I.
As I'm on this health journey, I've been concerned about falling back into old eating habits, but this incident is a happy sign that Change is Happening. It's not huge, and I have a long way to go (again, probably could have left more than 2 shrimp on that plate!), but I am PROUD that I didn't feel the need to clean my plate (and make me sick!).