Saturday, September 14, 2013
That's today's challenge in the SparkCoach program I joined. My first thought was that I'm pretty good at eating only when I'm hungry. Then I thought of all the times I eat because I'm at someone else's house and everyone else is eating. We all know, too, that food in social conditions isn't often the best thing to eat. I'm guilty of fixing our favorite dessert only when we can make sure there's others to eat with us. Do I have some too? You bet! It's a solution that's only halfway good.
I'll come back tonight with a report on what the day was like.
It was very interesting to try to just pay attention to whether or not I was hungry. I've been carrying it through today, and I'm not sure this mountain is necessarily conquered, because I'm in a period that I'm not getting particularly hungry. Yesterday (the day of the challenge) I ate pretty normally the whole day, never getting really stuffed and checking my appetite to see if I was genuinely hungry when I had an impulse to eat. The only exception was when my DH offered me two Dove dark chocolate pieces (a "serving" is 5 of these). I ate them without guilt and savored the rich flavor. These are an exceptionally good "dessert" for me because they're so satisfying. I wasn't really hungry, though, when I ate them.
My goal is to remember this feeling on the days when I AM emotionally hungry and want to eat just to put something in my mouth. I'd say the day wasn't a clear victory, but it was a learning experience.