Do not be greedy for every delicacy,
and do not eat without restraint;
for overeating brings sickness,
and gluttony leads to nausea.
Many have died of gluttony,
but the one who guards against it prolongs his life. Sirach 37:29-31 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
One of our favorite Italian restaurants serves us a meal that is way too much for one sitting. In fact, I usually (if I stop before I am stuffed) get three meals out of it. Now, isn’t it amazing how everyone has jumped on board of the BIGGIE SIZE IT train? We can be more mindful about our food by controlling our portions. Tribe member and health coach Joanie Rauch* suggests that when eating out you ask for a to-go box right along with your meal. Then put half of your meal in the box before you even start eating.
Isn’t that a great idea? If you use a teaspoon of honey in your tea can you be satisfied with a bit less? It’s likely that I can survive on a small coffee rather than a large. Do I always need the biggest size? How about splitting a meal with your spouse? Start asking yourself if you need all of what you are about to eat or can you get by with a little less. The answer is a likely “no problem”.
Today choose to be satisfied with a smaller amount of something. Cut your portions. Leave food on your plate. Ask, “Do I need this much to satisfy me?” Cut back on something today.
Joan Rauch, Certified Health Coach
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I attempt to wait 20 minutes before I even think about a second helping. Then I realize I don’t need it.
Great idea Kathy! Good going on your Journey….
I fall into this trap when I see leftovers on my kids’ plates, thinking I should just clear it into my belly instead of letting it go to waste (or to the dog) or putting it in a small container for the kuds to finish later.
*kids… not sure why autocorrect picked kuds. Haha