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An AHA Moment!

Friday, September 16, 2011

This week was an eye opener. I am not as in control of the kitchen since I have no kitchen when I'm traveling. On Wednesday I went way over my calorie count because I had a high calorie breakfast (nearly a thousand for one simple meal). The next day I had a lighter breakfast but was not quite satisfied. I decided not to continue eating but to wait 20 minutes for my brain to get the message (or is it my stomach gets the message) that I am in fact not hungry ( I read about that somewhere). The 20 minutes came and went. A couple of hours later I had an aha moment. This was huge. earth shattering, mind blowing self awareness! Are you ready for this? When you've spent 20 years over eating, i.e. eating until you get FULL, your tummy (or is it your mind?) is confused about what satisfied really is. I was satisfied but confused because I wasn't "full", if that makes any sense. That may be why so many people think of healthy eating as starving yourself. it is not at all starving. A hard boiled egg, yogurt a banana and a piece of toast is not starving, just ask people who are really starving. I hope to remember this moment the next time I'm tempted to eat until I am "FULL".

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    Way to go girl! You are right .. I experienced that alittle bit this weekend! But I have to get to the store for some more yummies for the week .. healthy yummies that is!
    3563 days ago
    Awesome insight and lesson. Are you doing the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk with SparkAtlanta. Keep sparking!
    3564 days ago
  • CHARMIN944
    I agree with everybody. When we learn to eat the right way and when we're truly hungry, then food really becomes tasty.
    3565 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    I know just what you mean I grew up in a family where it was a cmplaiment to the cook if everything was eaten off the tabl and so you ate everythin. Also in a large family you at fast so you got something and didn;t think about eating until you were done.
    3566 days ago
    Wow - great AHA!! I'm totally with you only for me it went one step further - I'd keep eating as long as there was food in front of me and since I was PUTTING too much food in front of me I overate. Now I start with a reasonable (already entered in my food tracker) amount and I'm fine! I just have to keep my brain involved in what and how much I put in front of me!! Good job!!!!! emoticon
    3566 days ago
  • DANA564
    You are absolutely right!! It is a relearning process. I am also trying to reprogram myself to think of food as fuel and not as pleasure. It is a work in progress.
    3566 days ago
    I know just what you mean! Happiness used to be eating until I felt some pleasant pressure in my tummy. Boy has it been hard UNlearning that!! But you are right - if you wait, you realize you aren't really still "hungry."
    3566 days ago
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