Eating Like an Infant--the July Challenge
Sunday, June 17, 2012
It's almost impossible to overfeed an infant. A full baby will either stop swallowing and allow milk to leak from its mouth, push things out with its tongue or clamp its jaws and refuse to open them. At one time or another, my children employed each of these techniques.
Babies know when they've had enough. When did I forget?
I routinely eat past full--waaay, waaay past. There are myriad reasons for it: clean plate syndrome, not paying attention to my body's signals, stuffing down emotions. The reasons don't matter now. The important thing is to relearn how to eat, or rather, how to STOP.
So, my July challenge will be to stop eating the moment my body tells me it's full. I recognize the feeling; the trick here will be to stop ignoring it. Thirty-one days of eating like an infant in a month with a big eating holiday in it. Let's see if I am as smart as a 5-week old.