After reading so much about “intuitive eating” recently (see Kath’s post on it here), I’ve been trying to incorporate the theory into my daily life. So far, it has not been an overwhelming success,mostly because, when I am stressed or uncomfortable or anything along those lines, I eat. I know I’m not the only one to do it, but, to use some popular jargon, I’m trying to be more “mindful” about it.
I was genuinely hungry for my snack this morning, so I had an orange.
My concentration was just off all morning. I couldn’t seem to buckle down, even though I’d gotten myself out of the apartment and on to campus to do work. As a result, I’ll be handing in a paper late and probably won’t be as prepared for class as I could be. Blah.
In the cafeteria, I made myself a big mishmosh salad.
I was actually very full after finishing the salad, but I’d already taken this soup so I didn’t want to waste it.
I tried to slow down (there’s usually a lot of vacuum-action going on) and stopped after about half.
I was pretty full after that, but I had a coconut macaroon and a square of frosted banana cake, which I had also already taken.
The macaroon was really good, but the cake was pretty gross. So, I didn’t need that, but for some reason I just kept eating. WHY? I don’t feel like a pig, because my lunch was pretty wholesome and the desserts were pretty small, I just want to be able to take my time and enjoy my meal. It’s not like I’ll never eat again!
Anywho, sorry for this strange post, but if you’re trying to practice this yourself, what are you doing to eat more intuitively or mindfully?