Principle 5 goal: Listen for the body signals that tell you that you are no longer hungry. Observe the signs that show that you’re comfortably full. Pause in the middle of eating and ask yourself how the food tastes, and what your current hunger level is.

For the last 3 weeks, when I fill my plate I ask myself a few things.

How hungry am I?

How much do I think I need to feel satisfied?

And then while I’m eating I still try to evaluate my natural hunger cues.  Even in doing so I typically still clean my plate and sometimes find myself more full than necessary.  It’s been a hard habit to break, likely because I would typically perfectly measure my food and felt entitled to eat everything regardless of my fullness. I wouldn’t eat more if I was still hungry, and I would continue to eat even if I was full- because I was entitled to those portions, nothing more nothing less.  This also goes back to being forced to eat X amount as a kid to earn dessert or to avoid scoring the starving children in other places of the world.  Coming to terms with leftover food is really hard for me.

Sunday morning was the first morning I actually left food on my plate.  I started with 2 eggs, 2 prices of sausage, 2 halves of sourdough toast… Towards the end all of a sudden I just thought, I think I’m good… I had 2 more bites and was done.  I left an egg and half a peice of toast on my plate.  It was a huge surprise and it was like a switch just flipped… It was surprising and good to be done and walk away. Progress.

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