Ok realization number one: I eat rather healthy already.
Realization number two: I enjoy healthy food
Realization number three: I eat as much as my 6.2 husband and I am only 5.4
Which leads me to my recent amendment to my 60 day quest, I need to learn proper portion size. I love food (if you couldn’t tell) and if I find something that I enjoy I want to eat seconds, thirds and fourths and I want to consume it at a rate as if I have been entered into an eating challenge. I eat sometimes as if I my next meal will only be water and carrot sticks, knowing very well that it will not be. I also eat as if at any moment a buzzard will go off and my food will magically disappear from in front of me, knowing very well that there is no buzzard and I can eat as long as I want. I believe that this is remnants of my growing up with brothers that would in deed eat off my plate and parents that used the bargaining tool, “there are kids starving somewhere eat everything on your plate.”
While I am truly grateful that I have food on my plate every meal, I don’t believe as of late I have been expressing my true gratitude. Food is meant to be savored, meant to be relished. Each dish should be celebrated for the intricacy of flavors and ingredients. Not wolfed down in a foodie frenzy. Unfortunately, I forget this every time a meal is presented to me. My new vision for my 60 day quest is to stop, enjoy, and process each bite. To spend as much time processing my meal as I spend preparing it. To express my gratitude at every bite. I am hoping that by just pausing for a moment it will help me to control how much I eat in one sitting. Therefore allowing me to master my portion size without feeling like I am cutting out one my favorite pastimes. Also, I hope it will allow me to truly appreciate all that is the food industry.