Something a little bit different today. This post is regarding Food and our Expectations around it.

As children we are all taught to finish what is on our plates before we can have dessert.

I get it. We don’t want waste and we don’t want our children just eating sugar. They’re still hungry but they’re messing about with their healthy dinner because they just want the dessert.

But, how has this affected you in adult life? Do you force yourself to finish every morsel on your plate? Do you still have dessert after every meal? Do you feel guilty if any food is thrown away?

We cannot allow food to rule our lives. Most of us probably don’t even have dessert these days. Stuffing your face so that you feel bloated and uncomfortable (and possibly sick) just so that you can say you’ve eaten everything on your plate is just silly.

Your body is very clever.

It tells you when it’s hungry and it tells you when it’s full.

Eat slowly, enjoy your food. When you’re full, don’t worry about it. If it’s cold food, you could maybe go back to it later. If it’s hot food, can it be re-heated? If not, throw it. You should never force yourself to eat something you’re no longer enjoying.

In case you didn’t know, the faster you eat, the longer it takes for your body to realise it’s full. That means you end up eating more than you needed and can end up feeling very sluggish and grotty afterwards.

Also, (& this is something that will blow your mind!) you don’t have to eat the chocolate/crisps/buns etc just because they’re there.

Yes, Sandra from accounting has been very generous and brought in buns and donuts, but if you don’t want one, don’t have it. Never let anyone (including yourself) force you into eating something you neither want or need.

Do you love snacking on cucumber, tomatoes, almonds etc. Great!! Do it. The person sat next to you might judge you and tell you to eat a cupcake, but just ignore them. Eat what you enjoy and when you’re full, stop.

I will admit that I am terrible for snacking. I go through phases. Some weeks I won’t snack at all, other weeks, I seem to skip meals & just snack all day long. However, I also know how to say No! People have said to me in the past that I have really good willpower. I don’t! If I want to eat it, I’ll eat the lot. But sometimes, however tasty they might look or however amazing they smell, I just don’t want one.

My relationship with food is absolutely shocking. I don’t eat healthily enough, I snack a lot, I’ll binge eat, I’ll lazily order a takeaway and I’ll load up on carbs.

At 5 foot 2, my current weight is just over 11 Stone. I don’t feel good. I feel sluggish, lethargic, grumpy & full. I feel very tired all the time and lazy.

I’m trying to learn a lot about nutrition. I have books galore on the subject. I’m also part way through an online course but life got in the way and now I think I’ll have to start all over again once I eventually get back to it.

This blog is called Book Love Life. This post is definitely one to go under the ‘Life’ section. As I learn more, I will probably do more blog posts. They’re more for me than anything. As I write things down, they stick in my mind better.

Hopefully one day I’ll be able to say that I don’t diet, I just use ‘Intuitive Eating’ to decide what to have and how much of it to eat. It’s going to be a long journey, but hopefully a fulfilling one.

The biggest hurdle for me will be stopping snacking on bad foods and buying takeaways. If my body tells me to eat a tomato. That’s what I should do. But a chocolate treat every so often is also, very healthy for you.

Never deprive yourself.

All images taken from Google Images.

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