Loving Moderation in a World of Food Extremes
Tell that to the Big Macs. The Whoppers. 72 oz. steak challenges. Venti caramel macchiatos with extra whipped cream.
We are a culture that steers away from moderation. We’re American. We’re big, loud, proud, and we like our burgers stacked 10 high with 5 lbs. of fries on the side.
Of course, we like to pretend we don’t know the effects of all that gorging. We all have that voice that, just before we open our mouths for the first delicious bite, whispers to us: “Cancer, heart disease, obesity. This will make you fatter.”
That, of course, is quickly squashed by your stomach pushing that voice aside and screaming: “WANT! NOW!”
But, let’s listen to that stomach for a minute. What if you stopped gorging yourself at every meal and finishing everything on your plate, and started listening to your body. When your body starts saying, “Okay…I think I might be full, maybe,” what if you stopped?
And then 20 minutes later, when you’re not stumbling back to the car clutching your painful, bloated belly, you realize, “Hey…this wasn’t so bad. Yeah, I left some food on my plate, and I was sad about that, but I feel better than I normally do.”
Much of how we eat is based on how we feel before the meal. You’re hungry and feel like eating a burger or spaghetti or cucumbers. Or you had a rough day and know that chomping through that entire pizza in 4 minutes will help you forget about it.
Next time you eat, think about how you’ll feel after the meal. Keep that in mind with every bite.
And look at your closed fist; that’s the size of your stomach. Only put that much food on your plate. When you’re done, drink a full glass of water.
Try it for a week, and see how you feel. The cravings won’t go away immediately, but your body will begin to function better. You’ll have more energy, less gas, less bloating, and might start enjoying food more for how it tastes, not how it makes you feel.
Give it a try.