In Week 30 our challenge was to eat only when hungry, not just because it's meal time. A tricky one!

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Have you ever heard of reactive hypoglycemia? I hadn't either...

Basically, it's when your blood sugar drops into your feet and you want to simultaneously sleep and kill people, and it's all to to with when and what you eat. So, I eat when it's time, and I eat the right mix of protein and carbohydrates, or I (and everyone around me) pays the price.

Still, I think this experiment was more about eating consciously and listening to your body, so I've just had a crash course in advance. Here's what I've learned, in case it helps anyone else:

  • drink a lot of water; often when you think you're hungry you're actually thirsty so try that first, and definitely have a big glass half an hour before your meals
  • balance your proteins and carbohydrates, and make both of them look like side dishes next to your vegetables
  • eat slowly; put your fork down between bites and chew - it gives you time to notice when you've had enough
  • your mother was wrong on this one - you don't have to clean your plate if you don't need the food, but notice how much you actually need and take less next time... (I'm a fan of smaller plates)
  • plan mealtimes at regular intervals - don't leave it too long before eating or you will make bad choices (Pringles and Twix, anyone...)
  • sometimes an indulgence is worth the suffering afterwards, just do it consciously and be prepared!

Sorry if this sounds like an epistle - it's just something I've had to think a lot about, mostly because I went so long not thinking about it at all...


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Go to the profile of Mark Cuddy
over 5 years ago
Vanessa I love the post but there is no way I can eat slowly. I eat fast, I can't help it. I love the mouth feel of food stuffed in my face and then the gulp as I swallow hard - it's like a cartoon or a Laurel & Hardy film! This is the best bit of eating; feeling your mouth stuffed full waiting for the huge gulp. The only person who eats quicker than me is Bobby! Please let me carry on eating like a caveman! That's all I ask. Great advice though. (I'm thinking now and I know I will be wolfing down my next meal, and I'm thinking of you shaking your head, this makes me laugh). Keep on eating, yeah-yeah!
Go to the profile of Jacqui
over 5 years ago
This is just what I needed reminding of! When I am rushed and stressed any form of mindful eating goes out the window. As the summer break begins, now is the time to follow your guidance! Thank you Vanessa!
Go to the profile of Vanessa
over 5 years ago
Mark, no judgement, you gobble if it makes you happy :-) Jacqui, I'm going to imagine you savouring all of the new recipes you try out with a smile!
Go to the profile of Fiona Dolben
over 5 years ago
I totally agree with you on all principles and have been using a smaller plate to stop my mindlessly finishing off a meal because it has been drummed into me as a small child. Thanks for the reminder :)