My eating habits continue to be hit and miss. One of the biggest struggles for me right now is portion size and not walking away from the plate when I’m full. I see food and it’s like….
It struck me as I dished up the last bit of a pasta dish I’d bought that says, “Feeds 4” on the front of the packaging. I knew I’d eaten half last night then the other half today. I’d taken 4 portions and made it 2 big portions. The food itself was relatively healthy but eating too much of a healthy dish is still eating too much (This is important).
I realize I’m also sometimes pressured by the people around me. I see them cleaning their plate so I feel the need to do the same even if I’m full. We went out for Chinese food last week and the place had huge portions. I was full but continued to eat because almost everyone else at the table ate everything on their plate, finally I had to quit and ask for a box.
It’s like in my mind I decided I couldn’t be the one who asks for a box so instead I was determined to be the one who stuffed herself to the point of uncomfortable. I’m also finding myself doing what I call “social eating” where you eat even if you’re not hungry just because everyone else is eating or there just happens to be food around.
On the flip side though the other day after our long walk we stopped for burgers. The burger wasn’t ridiculously huge and I was hungry.
Okay, so the burger looks big but it wasn’t like a half pound burger or anything. We’d had a late night of drinking and a 5 mile walk with little food to get us going in the morning. I finished almost everything then felt bad even though one of the other girls finished her burger and most of her side dish.
I shouldn’t make myself feel bad for sometimes not eating everything on my plate and other times licking the plate clean.
My thoughts on challenges are to recognize the struggle then figure out how to overcome it. I think I just need to focus more on myself and my own eating habits. Go back to the basics. If I’m hungry then I eat and if I’m not hungry then don’t eat.
I ate breakfast, lunch, and a snack today. I’m cooking dinner right now so my eating has been good today. I just have to make sure to not dish up 4 portions of spaghetti with chicken and spinach because I know it’s going to be super yummy!
Hope the week is off to a good start. If anyone has any tips on controlling portions or avoiding the traps of social eating I’d love to hear them 🙂