Monday, January 7, 2013
Back to Basics: Savor the Flavor
215 lbs. later I am fairly confident that our weekly portions are under control but the weekend portions aren't. It's like when Saturday comes there is this insatiable feeling that comes over me that I just want to fill my gullet with everything in sight. I don't obviously but there are days I feel like I can't get enough. I am thankful for the days I don't indulge that and go so insane that by night's end I have to sleep sitting up to keep myself from yakking in my sleep. Oh yeah, it's happened. (Not actual yak but that reflux stuff.) Part of that feeling of wanting to shove everything in there is that it's so good and not what we eat the other six days of the week so I feel like I have to cram as much in as I can to last for another week. I am going to make a conscious effort to go back to basics and savor each bite. This means chew each bite 10-15x, put the fork down and a sip of water between each bite. I not only want to do this on high cal days (though those are getting a shake up soon as well) but more importantly every day.
It's just generally a good habit to get into. It aids digestion, makes you less likely to be bloated and therefore less "musical" and it gives your brain a chance to reach that 15-20 minute mark to signal that you're full. When I did that with dinner last night, it felt like it lasted me much longer instead of me counting down the hour until we could have our snack. I need to make this a habit and get back to what helped me in the beginning to carry me to maintenance once I've reached my goal. I'm tired of being 1/3 there and not moving past that. It's good but not good enough!
Do you make a habit of chewing your food really well or is this an area you could improve on?
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