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Eating less, enjoying it more

Monday, September 23, 2013

Revisiting recurring themes is one of the tools of refreshing motivation. I noticed this just a few moments ago. I woke up hungry, after my active weekend. I decided to start breakfast at 6, and to eat something I could prepare more quickly than the steel cut oats. I started with my banana while I was sipping my coffee... and I became conscious of its full flavor, and texture.

It is one of the principles of mindfulness, living in the present. If you are not careful, it's easy to slip back into just inhaling your food. So the "eat what's in the bag" reminder is really a short-cut piece of advice. emoticon

It really stands for: take the time you need to prepare food you truly enjoy. That's what belongs in the bag and on the plate. Measure it, make sure your portion sizes are "right", balance the nutritional content, all of that.

Food is one of the pleasures of life. It is to be appreciated and savored. It's fuel for a high-performance body, and the body demands high quality nutrient packed content. But that doesn't mean we leave the tastebuds out in the cold!

One thing I've noticed in my journey from where I was to where I am today is that the foods I love have changed a bit. I've found healthier choices that I truly enjoy!

So today... pack your mental bag full of healthy choices you truly enjoy. Pack your physical bag with the ones for TODAY. Then... "eat what's in the bag" as opposed to what might cross your path. And savor and enjoy each and every bite!

Yesterday's gadget comparison. Activity for the day was swimming, a little yard work, and walking:

Old-school OMRON pedometer: 13,957

Fitbit Flex: 11,980 (took it off to power it from 3 - 7:30 p.m., and put it in sleep mode where it doesn't count steps starting about 8 p.m.)

Spark Activity Tracker: 13344 (it comes off when the shoes come off, in this case between 7 & 8 p.m.)

LIFE is good. Spark on! emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PATRICIAAK 9/24/2013 6:15PM


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KPETSCHE 9/24/2013 1:34AM

    Great points Barb! It's easy to eat what's available and not really think about it.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/23/2013 9:39PM

    Food does taste so much better when you take the time to enjoy it. You are so right. And when you eat right it just tastes better and better.

Pack the good stuff. Eat what's in the bag. Good words!

How cool that you got the SP measure gadget. You certainly are going to have all the info you need to stay fit and healthy. Love to see the comparison.

Take care and keep eating out of the carefully packed bag!!! -Marsha

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 9/23/2013 9:12PM

    An excellent suggestion/reminder to those of us who have not mastered the skill. Yet. . . . With family visiting for 2 weeks, I have easily fallen back into the old/bad habit of inhaling food. Must be more conscious and focus on portions as well as taste.

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WATERMELLEN 9/23/2013 7:30PM

    Great reminders -- mindfulness re nutritional choices and more generally for all our choices.

And congrats on the Glow Getter award: details please but I'm positive you deserve it!!

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JULIA1154 9/23/2013 6:24PM

  Thanks for an uplifting blog for a refreshing mid-afternoon break! emoticon

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DLDMIL 9/23/2013 5:26PM

    Great advice for all of us to slow down and enjoy our food (stop and smell the roses).

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PRESBESS 9/23/2013 12:58PM

    Hi there! I love this blog. It's a fresh reminder of what I need to do and continue to do.

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LINDAKAY228 9/23/2013 12:49PM

    This is something I have to keep working on. I haven't done so well lately and need to get back on track.

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DALID414 9/23/2013 11:17AM

    Sometimes, I have to remember not to inhale my food. Awful habit I picked up from my first job at a sandwich shop, eating 1/2 a 6" sub on a 15 minute break, ugh!

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JACKIE15108 9/23/2013 10:57AM

    Eating is fun and should be taken slowly to enjoy longer!

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SHOAPIE 9/23/2013 10:36AM


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BLUENOSE63 9/23/2013 10:29AM

  I find when Fall comes around, I don't really feel like eating...I have to make myself! No choice in the matter as today is the first day of my 8 month IM training plan...this is a new plan actually thought out by a professional. As I am going in an IM Sanctioned Race where Mike Riley says your name at the end, I'll be damned if I am going to wreck the hip again.


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CRUISEBOUND4EVR 9/23/2013 9:46AM

    Great Blog! I am a fast eater and need to learn how to slow down!


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MOSTMOM1 9/23/2013 9:08AM

    I was just thinking about this yesterday!

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DEBRITA01 9/23/2013 9:03AM

    You've mastered the skill of the mindful eating, Barb...great! Learning to eat foods that fuel the body and stopping to be present as I enjoy each morsel is still a work in progress for me. Funny though, once one stops and to savor the food, one tends to eat less. Eat what's in the bag...good idea! emoticon

p.s. WTG on those steps! emoticon

Comment edited on: 9/23/2013 9:05:58 AM

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KALIGIRL 9/23/2013 8:38AM

    "pack your mental bag full of healthy choices you truly enjoy"
A wonderful mantra for continued motivation!

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MNTWINSGAL 9/23/2013 8:38AM

    You've nailed the idea of mindful eating. I try too, but so far I'm still a work in progress! (Well, we all are, but I'm in the early production phase, compared to folks like you who are nearly ready to come off the assembly line!)

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JOHNTJ1 9/23/2013 8:36AM

    I agree!!!

I never thought my guilty pleasure would evolve to a tablespoon of peanut butter and a banana.

Thank you, as always, for sharing.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/23/2013 8:24AM

    For sure, mindful eating is something that I have to be . . . well . . . mindful of! I have learned to eat with my eyes before taking one bite! So, that means preparing the presentation of my meal in an appealing way, as well as measuring and weighing so the portions are appropriate. Helps so much! I used to have to time myself to make sure I was not rushing thru a meal, but now, that is pretty much 2nd nature.

My taste buds have change drastically in 3 yrs. on SP as well! Things I enjoyed in the past, I couldn't imagine now . . . mostly. So, that's a good thing, because it's healthier things that appeal to me.

HUGS and here's to a mindful, healthy eating day!

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LEANJEAN6 9/23/2013 8:08AM

    I love "fall" too Barb--but you know what comes next------Hugs-Lynda

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CELIAMINER 9/23/2013 8:04AM

    Excellent reminder to slow down and enjoy my food. I find when DH packs my bag, as he does several days each week, I miss seeing what is going in there. He will sometimes add a little "extra." Today, for example, I know he put some hummus in there, but other days I may not realize there is extra till after I've eaten my planned lunch...a plan that didn't include 80 extra hummus calories with my snacks. Guess I also need the mindfulness of actually packing my own bag.

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GABY1948 9/23/2013 8:00AM

    GREAT blog! emoticon

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JERZRN 9/23/2013 7:53AM


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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 9/23/2013 7:49AM

    What I great reminder to refocus on enjoying my food!

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CHERYLHURT 9/23/2013 7:40AM

  Great blog!

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MSLZZY 9/23/2013 7:38AM

    Excellent advice to savor each and every bite. Less is more! HUGS!

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RIDLEYRIDER 9/23/2013 7:37AM

  Mindful eating is an acquired habit. Good for you! emoticon

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