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It IS Possible to Notice When My Stomach Reaches FULL

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

I had a new experience with eating a meal.

The normal rate of my food intake since I was a child, had been to eat mouthful after mouthful, not taking my time, but taking another bite as soon as I swallow the first bite. Not putting my fork down, or laying the sandwich down between bites. I always finish my food before anyone else at the table. Especially lately when I eat even smaller portions. It doesn’t take long to eat at all! But i remain hungry for another half hour after finishing, so I'm mostly tempted to keep eating. I have trained myself to stop because of calorie count, not because of feeling full.

I was, as a child, always rushing to clean my plate before my brothers. Mom and Dad at some point praised me for being the first one done. I continued to strive to be the first finished. I was always a people pleaser. Who doesn’t like to hear praise from their parents?

Yesterday, without any pre-planning, I took the first bite and found myself noticing the moment when that first swallow entered my stomach. I didn’t take another bite until I felt that actual moment. I thought maybe that is what I’m supposed to have been doing all along, though it never occurred to me. So I continued to eat my whole meal that way. It took much concentration.

My husband asked me if my food was too hot or if I was savoring my food. I said I was savoring it. He finished way before I did, which has never happened in 36 years of marriage. I actually had to stop eating before finishing. I was full!

I’m also a drink guzzler. (Water, milk, etc.) I am interested to see if I can slow myself down with drinking, too. I don’t drink alcohol for this reason. I never paced myself and was a binge drinker.

I am interested in continuing to try to eat deliberately again. I forgot about it this morning until it was too late. But I want to try it over and over.

Another thing I want to mention . . . I made it through the long holiday weekend with hubby home and strange eating schedules, with no over-eating or binges! emoticon
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  • _JODI404
    Eating slowly and mindfully is a great practice!

    It's very funny: my husband may be the world's fastest eater.... and in stark contrast I may possibly be the world's slowest eater!!! And it's not due to any great mindful practice -- it's just how I have always been since childhood too. When we eat out, I get asked -- are you still working on that dish? all the time and I say - yes, I'm just the slowest eater ever. It's funny that Rob may be nearly finished by the time I barely begin a plate.

    However slowly I go: I still can eat without the focus of which you speak. This is a great reminder to -- to savor and really enjoy each bite.

    1647 days ago
    Way to go!!
    1657 days ago
    I really enjoyed your blog. emoticon
    1657 days ago
  • LARISSA238
    You rock! Awesome that you made it binge-free! You can do it!
    1657 days ago
    Good blog!
    Maybe you should ask someone, like your husband, to re-train you by having him praise you for finishing LAST!

    I'm reminded of the book "Mindful Eating' by Jan Chozen Bays. I really liked it.
    1657 days ago

    I need to get back to eating slowly. I've always been a fast eater, learned as a child, trying to be like my dad! You are showing me I can relearn this habit!

    Enjoy your success!
    1657 days ago
    yes our body knows and tells us all we need to know - trouble is many times we don't listen. you have done well and learned a very valuable lesson. i always say if you are rushed, or upset before a meal - wait a while - take the time to allow your body to re-focus - then sit down and feast with your eyes first, smell the goodness - then pick up your fork.
    so glad you had a super weekend.
    1657 days ago
    1657 days ago
    Your title got my attention! i have always eaten fast. i am the first one done in my house too... i am going to start eating mindfully instead of wolfing it down.... i do think i will feel better and stop blaming everyone that i overate! thank you thank you! emoticon
    1657 days ago
    Great job! You have really come so far this month.

    I have been working on eating more slowly lately. I've always eaten too fast when I'm eating something I really like. It really makes a difference.

    I'm so happy for you!

    1657 days ago
    Great job! There are many studies showing that this type of eating (at which I am terrible!) is a great way to lose weight.
    1658 days ago
    Good job
    1658 days ago
  • KANOE10
    You are doing great and staying on track after the long weekend. Eating slowly and stopping when you are full is a very good step.

    1658 days ago
  • EOWYN2424
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    1658 days ago
    emoticon As a teacher, I eat most meals in under 15 minutes. I know it's ridiculous, but I only get 30 minutes to eat and often it's less than that. I'm still working on slowing down when I eat. Your blog helped! emoticon

    I know it won't be easy to undo 20+ years of chowing food down, but I'm going to try! Have a great day!
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