What does that mean?
Eating until you are satisfied but not full. So, what we’re aiming for is eating until we are about 75% full, so when we walk away from the table or wherever it is we are eating, we feel energised instead of weighed down.
When we’re eating, we’re eating to fuel our bodies with optimum nutrition, and we want to do that in a way that’s pleasurable.
When we eat until we’re full, or too full, we’re doing the opposite. We end up feeling weighed down, heavy, uncomfortable, sleepy, and with less energy than we had before we ate.
Some reasons why we overeat are deprivation, denial and dieting. This is a tough one when we restrict food and try not to eat anything, and then we become so hungry and in our starved state we end up overeating. So we ignore what our body is saying to us and disconnect from listening to our hunger pains. And what happens when we do this? Then our portions are not appropriate and our metabolism gets confused.
We want to learn how to eat what our body requires for energy. And then we learn to figure it all out by measuring if we’re hungry, full or somewhere in between.
If we have been disconnecting from our bodies, if we’ve been depriving ourselves, if we’ve been dieting, if we’ve been following a lot of outside “rules” about food, it’s really possible we don't know what it’s like for us, and what it feels like, when we are physically hungry.
When we are physically hungry it’s usually a very quiet, whispering, tiny growl sort of deep inside. The goal is to start to prepare for your next meal when you are sitting at around a 2 on a 1-10 scale and only eat until you are around a 7.
I encourage you to take some time to get curious in the next week with your hunger and fullness see what changes you make and how the body feels.