Knowing When to Stop (Eating)

I am never really sure what I want this blog to be about. You could say I’m a flip-flopper…

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So: it’s time to stop flipping and flopping (or at least flip and flop decisively), because I think I know what my blog is all about. It’s about how I learned (and am still learning) to eat intuitively, and how those principles spill over into the rest of my life (for example, yoga and intuitive eating go hand in hand – just wait for a post on that).

Speaking of Knowing When to Stop… How do you know when to stop eating? Is it really as simple as knowing when you are full? My guess is NO.

Now that is a big bed meal. (Source.)

Some people “save” lots of calories during the day so that they can have a big dinner or snack a lot after dinner. This can be unpleasant though (stomachache, indigestion, etc…), and can lead to a vicious cycle of a poor night’s sleep, feeling sick the next day, and repeating it all over again.

How can you end the cycle? Here are some tactics…

Dessert for Dinner, or: Eat What You Love and Be Satisfied

Last night I was on my own for dinner. My husband (I can’t stop saying that!) was at a work event until late so I was alone for the evening. Normally this might be a tricky situation – when I’m alone I’m more likely to snack out of boredom.

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Trick one: know yourself. I’m a girl who can’t go without dessert. Ever. I cannot remember that last time I didn’t have dessert. I also know that once I have dessert it can turn into a snackfest. My belly and my head are not satisfied with a piece of fruit for dinner. Maybe your weakness is potato chips, or cereal. Whatever it is, make a note of it. Then…

Trick two: trick yourself. I may like dessert, but I am not okay with having Rocky Road for dinner. So what is a good substitute? Breakfast foods are usually desserty enough for me. French Toast in particular is comforting, delicious, and sweet enough to satisfy my dessert tooth. If you love your potato chips, portion out a serving (1 serving) to have with your dinner. If you don’t want it with a meal, you probably shouldn’t have it while watching TV anyway.

Trick three: indulge (just a little). I put tart frozen yogurt (from Trader Joe’s) on top of my dessert for dinner French Toast. If I didn’t do that I would probably want to eat frozen yogurt after dinner anyway. Again with the potato chips – why not get some really delicious potato chips (I like Terra Chips) so that you really enjoy your treat.

Trick four: Stop. (Okay, that’s not a trick, that just the end result – hopefully.) I loved this meal. So much so that I didn’t need to eat anything the rest of the night. Hopefully if you had the chips with dinner you won’t want them the rest of the night either.

My Easy Peasy (Healthy) French Toast For One Recipe. Check it out if you want a low calorie but filling and healthy meal. I think it has about 300 calories total depending on your bread and toppings.

Good reads:

  • Brian Wansink discusses the French paradox (they eat lots of fatty things yet are – on average – thinner, healthier, and live longer than Americans).
  • I think I linked here before, but I really really like Honoring Health – it’s an intuitive eating blog, and Christie (the author) is very inspiring. Plus, she is helping me figure out how to organize my recipes!

Have you ever had dessert for dinner? What foods are really satisfying for you?

Thanks!

I’m thankful for a lot of things. Here are just a few of them…

  • Bobby – 4 years on December 3rd (!) and getting married soon (thanks for all the feedback on this picture)
  • Our family
  • Our cats (Couscous and Bo)
  • Almost 2 years of blogging (here’s my first post)
  • My friends (new and old)
  • My new job
  • The future
  • Salad and frozen yogurt (like Bekah)
  • Kabocha (haven’t had any in a while though! must get on that)
  • Cupcakes from Crumbs (from my boss’s wife)
  • Grits for breakfast (instant! not actually from Metro Cafe; their container was handy though)
  • Yoga!
  • Lots of other things that I’m not thinking of right now 😛

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Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for?

Salad & soy yogurt love + an old oaty favorite

Last night’s dinner out was really nice.  We went to Sprout Cafe and followed it up with frozen yogurt (soy) at Fraiche. I love the cucumbers in the water at dinner.

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It was a base of romaine hearts, with 10 toppings (!) – bean sprouts, broccoli, chickpeas, cucumber, green beans, kalamata olives, red bell peppers, sweet corn, apple, and grapes.  The dressing was a chili lime vinaigrette – delicious.

Here’s an old picture of the soy yogurt I got – topped with cinnamon.

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After dinner we went to a friend’s house to hang out with another college friend that was visiting!  He’s getting a PhD in something bio-ish.  I ended up snacking on 2 mini apples after we got back (around 11pm).  Right before bed Bobby and I did yogadownload’s lunar flow #1 – really relaxing.

This morning I woke up sore.  I went for a 3.5 mile run yesterday after not running since November, and I don’t think I stretched properly.  So I went for an easy Cardio Dance routine by Paula Abdul.  I’ve done it a few times recently and I finally have the moves down.  I followed it up with yogadownload’s balancing flow #1, which was nice.

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Breakfast was a new & yummy combo – whipped banana old fashioned oats and wheat bran + a big spoonful of PB&Co’s Mighty Maple peanut butter.  I’ve missed oats since I discovered oat bran!  And miso soup of course.

I am off to tackle more todos:

  • laundry
  • grocery shopping
  • cruise stuff
  • cleaning – done!! (mostly)
  • litter box
  • nap (just kidding… maybe)
  • getting outside for a nice walk – good weather today!
  • tutoring
  • freelance work (yikes, I’ve been procrastinating)
  • mani at some point