Thursday, April 21, 2011
I eat like a dog. Head first, into the food. A series of gobbling, chomping, snorfling sounds ensue. I reappear only when the food is GONE.
Then I get the "look" - you know the one. "Hey - where'd the food go?"
Yes - I've been working on this but it's a long road. I've had yrs of conditioning; eating at desks in corporate America, always under some deadline, or mindlessly cramming food in my face while watching tv.
So today I employed a technique I learned from a PBS special on American consumption (surprise - the USA "consumes" at 1.6 the rate of other "developed" countries and way, way, WAY more than that when compared to developing nations). It's called "Halvesies". When applied to things like say toothpaste, the idea is to halve your usual amount and see if it still "works" for you. (Hint - most of us can do with half or less of our regular amt). Try dividing your "half" in half again and see if THAT works. Maybe yes, maybe no. But the idea is to get a feel for what you "over use" and save some resources and cash at the same time.
So applying halvesies to eating. I bite off half an animal cookie instead of popping a whole one in my mouth. Take half a spoonful of soup (regular, not soup spoon), etc. It slows me down a bit and I noticed that because of that, I'm likely to feel fuller after a meal - simply because I get to reach the satiety point every once in awhile! LOL.
Still working on stopping when full, chewing longer, etc. Baby steps!