More is better: How to stop eating with your eyes and really start enjoying smaller portions.

More is better: How to stop eating with your eyes and really start enjoying smaller portions.
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‘If a little bit is nice than more is better’ is a common belief. If we have a little bit of chocolate, then the whole block must be better right?

Well it might be, unless it makes you feel sick or if it has a negative effect on you.

You see, sometimes all we need is a little taste to get the real enjoyment out of anything but just like a drug addict, if we find something we like and we just want more and more of it.

I would get like this when I had a food I really enjoyed – especially if it was a new food I had just discovered. I would eat large quantities over and over again until I got sick of it. As I write this, I think that comes back to the previous belief. I think I believed that if I didn’t have more of it over and over again, I would miss out. Even now I am learning things.

Of all the things that can be made better by ‘more of’… food is not one of them. How about we indulge in more self love, more fun, more knowledge, basically more of what will improve our lives. More food will not do that unless you are talking about adding more nutritious food into your life.

Think about it…

 

 

 

After those first few bites, are you even enjoying it anymore, or perhaps you are not actually enjoying it at all?

I remember when I first started slowing down my eating and really tasting my food. Half the stuff I thought was delicious, was actually not at all. I had scoffed it down so fast that I thought I really enjoyed it but was far from it.

Another thing that would trip me up. Value Packs.

Living within a very small budget, I have always had to be aware of what I spend, so that meant looking for the best bargains for my money.

Enter value packs. Of course it makes more sense money wise to buy the big bag of candy vs the single pack. Right?

However…

 

 

 

If you are a food addict like I was, there was no way that big bag of candy or whatever would last past the first day. My intention was always to have a little bit here and a little bit there. Well, I guess I did that, but the here and there was every hour or minute depending on how I was feeling that day. There was no way I was going to leave it alone a whole day let alone a week!

It was a hard adjustment I had to make. it was difficult to wrap my mind around this concept at first. To dish up less on my plate, to buy single servings even though they cost more, to be OK with less.

Though once I start to do this, I realized a few things.

1. I was saving money and inches on my waistline

That’s right. If a bag cost $3 but a single serve cost $1, then I was actually saving $2.

I didn’t really need a whole bag. I only needed a taste to satisfy my craving and if it wasn’t in my house, then I was way too lazy to drive to the store to get more. I didn’t want to keep spending a whole lot of money on single serves, so I enjoyed the one I had and moved on. Better for my bank account and my waistline.

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Think about it. When was the last time you actually enjoyed your food when you binged?

Ummmmmmmm, probably never.

We eat and eat and eat, only to feel sick and guilty.

When you only buy a small amount of something, you take your time to enjoy it and make it last. You find that you get much more enjoyment and pleasure out of your food this way than having more and more of it.

There is no need for willpower

If you don’t buy the big pack, then you don’t need any willpower to resist it. If it is not there, it is not there.

Fundamentality, we humans are pretty lazy creatures. We do just the right amount of what we have to in order to get what we want.

Middle of the night and you have a chocolate craving, chances are you are not getting in your car to drive to the store in order to buy a chocolate bar (unless you are pregnant. Then hopefully a significant other will take pity on you and go get it for you) . As much as you could really kill for one right then, it’s not usually worth the effort.

This comes back to, eating slowly, truly enjoying your food and knowing that there will be many more occasions where you can enjoy that food again, and it does not have to be right now. It is not like you are using your willpower to resist going out.

A little decision in the store, helps you not have to make them at home.

These are just some examples of how you can flip the switch on the ‘more is better’ fallacy.

Pay attention to your body, before, during and after you eat. You will begin to see that you need much less than you thought you did, and the whole ‘more’ thing, is a waste.

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