Saturday, July 20, 2013
I've been sick with some sort of summer flu and spent most of the day Thursday and Friday sleeping. I thought I was feeling better today but then I decided to go grocery shopping and that didn't go so well. The upside is that the nausea is making me not want to eat, but I would love for the headache to go away. It's going on a straight week.
I'm going to go ahead and do the days I've missed to get caught up.
Day 20 says to divide everything I eat in half; either by eating half as much as I normally would or taking half as much as I want to take. It's an interesting concept that might be worth some merit. I will keep it in mind for when I'm faced with a food situation outside my normal plan. They want me to do this today with at least five different foods and then write about how I feel about it. Without even doing it, I know how I'd feel - deprived. They suggest in that case I should take a look at myself and maybe there is something else in my life that needs attention or needs to be "filled". Of course there is! But that is just going to open up a bottomless can of worms so I'm not even going to attempt to tackle that one in one blog.
Day 21 says to eat with awareness. They suggest setting the table with good china and light candles and playing mood music... that is just silly and why we go out to nice restaurants from time to time. The good part of this lesson is to pay attention to everything about the food - appearance, flavors, temperature, and texture. I have done this before and it definitely does make the food more enjoyable and more fulfilling.
Day 22 then says to do the opposite - multitask while eating but still be mindful of what you're eating. I have to confess that I do frequently multitask while eating - I watch TV, go online, read, have conversations. It does make it more difficult to be mindful but it is still possible. Once I start eating more than saltines and 7-up I'll pay attention to how I act while multitask-eating.
Day 23 says to eat a small amount of something to savor, like a small piece of chocolate. This is definitely a helpful technique to feel satisfied with a smaller amount of enjoyable foods. It is possible to have just a small amount of something, as long as you slow down and savor that first bite.