Do You Regulate Your Hunger?

I started my blog on the idea of eating intuitively by following a set a principles. I think it’s a great goal, and I actually think we’re born with the ability. However, sometimes certain circumstances change our natural ability.

I saw a recent example of someone actively regulating her hunger, and it was fascinating to me. Do you regulate your hunger? Do you eat intuitively?

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Are Kids Intuitive Eaters?

Kids get a bad rap for being finicky eaters, but are they just eating intuitively?  I know I write a blog called “Eating Intuitively”, but I just found difficulty making it work for me as an adult. 

I’ve watched my nieces time and time again get a plate of food, pick at it, then push it away.  I think to myself that they couldn’t possibly be full, but, in fact, they think they are!  They must be eating intuitively.

I was talking to a co-worker about this recently, and it seems clear where eating intuitively goes wrong.  “Clean your plate!”  “Finish your dinner!”  “Kids are starving in (fill in the blank)!”  Sound familiar? 

It takes consistent effort to eat intuitively.  Likewise, it takes consistent effort to break the habit of eating intuitively, but it can be done.

A structured diet is bringing me success.  As much as I want the freedom of eating intuitively, it is more important to me that I reach my goal weight.  NutriSystem Advanced is doing that for me. 

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I’m not done with the idea of eating intuitively.  I might try it again when I reach my goal weight.  I’ll need to make sure I know how to maintain my goal weight before I try it again.

Are you eating intuitively and finding success?  Have you tried to eat intuitively and couldn’t quite make it work?  This is important!  Please tell your story in the comments.

Breakfast:  Chocolate Chip Granola Bar; Ham, low-fat; Cherries; Bread, oatmeal; Morning Coffee

Morning Snack:  Cottage Cheese, nonfat; Applesauce, unsweetened

Lunch:  Noodles with Chicken and Vegetables; Cucumber; FF Dressing

Afternoon Snack:  Zesty Herb Snack Mix

Dinner:  Stroganoff Sauce with Beef and Noodles; Asparagus, cooked; Mandarin Oranges; Oil, canola, olive, peanut, safflower; Couscous, cooked

Dessert:  Chocolate Caramel Bar

Drinks:  Crystal Light; water

Exercise:  30 minutes on recumbent bike at 138 bpm.  50% of weekly exercise goal is complete.

Pedometer:  ?

NutriSystem Advanced, Week Seven

I’m beginning my seventh week of NutriSystem, and I’m still going strong.  I weigh in tomorrow, so I’ll know then how successful I have been.  This I know now – the plan works.  I’ve followed it religiously, and I’m seeing results.  I don’t know if it is the fact that I keep track of my food or that I exercise according to the plan.  I just know it’s working.

I did read the Mindset Makeover today as prescribed.  This week is called “Eating Out, Eating Smart”.  I will definitely need to put these techniques to work as I will be traveling on business in two weeks.  I will be visiting another office, so the employees there may want to go out for lunch or dinner.  It’s more important to develop the relationships, instead of running to my hotel to eat. 

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I haven’t decided exactly how I will approach eating on the trip.  I’m inclined to bring all my food, but it might not be easy to prepare stuff.  So, I may employ the techniques to eat out.  This will be a good test.

Tomorrow I increase my exercise from 100 minutes for the week to 120 minutes.  That works out to four 30-minute workouts.

Breakfast:  Lowfat Granola Cereal; Egg Whites; Banana; Bread, sourdough

Morning Snack:  Crabmeat; Orange

Lunch:  Vegetable Beef Soup; Spinach, raw; FF Dressing

Afternoon Snack:  Zesty Herb Snack Mix

Dinner:  Chicken Breast Patty; Collard Greens, cooked; Strawberries; Mayonnaise; Couscous, cooked; Mild Taco Sauce (Heinz)

Dessert:  Chocolate Caramel Bar

Drinks:  Crystal Light; Wyler’s; water

Exercise:  none; I already reached my goal!

Pedometer:  none


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