Friday, November 23, 2012
Girl Unsatisfied: How I tackle Eating
It was my weekend to work at the pharmacy. I came home from work tired; too tired to cook. The husband hadn't prepared dinner either. I didn't have the steam to make a traditional dinner. I gave into exhaustion and I made some protein pancakes and lean turkey bacon. I ate and finished my meal. I was totally unsatisfied. I rarely feel this way anymore. Usually after a meal I am full and content. I wasn't hungry after dinner, but I had this empty annoying feeling in my gut.
Food and mealtime have always been a big part of my day. I love to cook and bake, but what I really love is to eat. I try to take time to enjoy eating what I have prepared, bought, or ordered. I do my best to focus on the meal and the company.
The one reason why I don't meal plan consistently is that I have a spontaneous appetite. If I get a craving or an idea for a meal I have to make it. On rare occasions like this particular evening where I toss in the towel; I prepare something nourishing and eat just for the sake of feeding myself. I do my best to limit these experiences. These instances are rare and I have a few tricks I use to keep my mealtimes enjoyable and satisfying.
Here are my top tips for enjoying meals and feeling satisfied:
1. Understand hunger signals and being satisfied cues.
2. Practice mindful eating
3. Eating food I enjoy
4. Eating consistently every 3-4 hours or about 5-6 small meals a day
I hope this gave you some food for thought.
Stay strong and carry on,