I have a confession to make about my intuitive eating abilities: while I’m getting better and better at eating when I’m hungry–which is often–I’m not very good at stopping when I’m full.
I pretty much always finish my plate. The only exception is when I’m at a restaurant and they bring me a really giant portion. But when I’m eating at home, I never leave food behind. And I never have. Not when I was a kid, not in high school or college. Even when I had anorexia, I almost always ate the entirety of what was on my plate; I just didn’t put very much on my plate.
The one time I’ve tried to pay really close attention to stopping when I’m full–regardless of whether or not my plate is empty–is when I was first learning intuitive eating. But that didn’t work…because of my IBS.
My IBS often makes it so that if I stop when I feel physically full, I don’t eat enough. When I first tried to learn intuitive eating, I felt that way pretty much all the time. So while I trained myself that it’s always best to eat when I’m hungry, I’ve also learned that I sometimes have to use my brain about eating when I’m not all that hungry because I know enough time has passed and my body needs the nutrients. Similarly, I sometimes eat a whole serving, even though I’m “full” after just a couple bites, because I know that my IBS makes my full signals wacky sometimes.
And I do often remind myself that, IBS aside, it’s okay to not be perfect about stopping exactly when I hit my full cue every time. In real life, we aren’t meant to be hyper-aware of our hunger and fullness at all times, and intuitive eating should not be used as another diet or set of rules to become obsessed with.
So I would like to become more aware of stopping when I’m truly full, rather than just eating my whole plate on auto pilot every time, and I think that would be a good goal, especially now that I have my IBS a bit more under control.
On the other hand, I also want to remind myself–and you!–that eating one whole sandwich or the entire bowl of oatmeal, even if I’m not actually that hungry for the last few bites, is not any kind of serious detriment to my health.
Today’s What I Ate Wednesday is from Monday, which was a crummy tummy day. Be sure to bop over to Laura’s to check out Jenn’s link-up party and see what other bloggers have been eating lately.Breakfast: Steel cut oats cooked with a combo of butter, flaxseed, milk, and water, topped with blueberries and brown sugar. Eggs on the side.This is actually a recycled picture, but what I ate on Monday was basically the same. The only difference was the eggs were scrambled because I like to shake up my egg preparation methods. Living on the wild side, guys.
I get a break on my teaching days between my first two sections and my last two, during which I usually eat a substantial snack. This morning, it was a banana and some almonds.
Lunch: Gluten-free spaghetti with some marinara sauce (jar) and a chicken sausage, plus baby carrots.
I was quite bloated when I got home from work, but I hadn’t eaten since lunch and I knew I had to run some errands in the evening, so I went ahead and ate supper. This was a great example of one of these “I feel really bloated but I’m using my brain and my brain says that’s just IBS” meals because I felt “full” after just a couple of bites, but I knew I needed to eat more than a couple bites.Supper was a salmon burger on a gluten-free bun with mayo, plus leftover roasted kabocha squash and sliced cukes.
One of my errands was a run to Sprouts, where they were having a sale on gluten-free. I bought a package of frozen Katz donuts because I literally haven’t had a donut in years. I just haven’t found any gluten-free ones that appeal to me. But the frozen kind were on a good price, so I thought I’d try the powdered sugar ones.
It certainly didn’t compare to Munchers–nothing does–but it tasted just like those cute little powdered sugar mini donuts you get in a big package at the grocery store, which I’ve always really liked.
I still felt weird and bloated, but I didn’t stress too much about whether I was hungry because donuts are designed to satisfy things other than hunger. Like cravings for yummy donuts!
Do you almost always finish what’s on your plate?
Where can I go to get a really good gluten-free donut? (Plane tickets to good gluten-free donut locations accepted.)