Operation Skinny Jeans: Your Body Is A Wonderland

Monday, February 4, 2013

Your Body Is A Wonderland

No, I'm not hitting on you (but feel free to look in the mirror and ask yourself, "How YOU doin'?" in your best Joey Tribiani voice).

 My actual point is that our bodies are so much smarter than we give them credit for. They're constantly letting us know what they need; we just tend to tune them out.

Unfortunately, not listening to our bodies can only have negative implications, particularly for weight loss.

For example, a lot of us tend to eat way more than we should. Our bodies tell us they've had enough, but we don't pay attention. We're too distracted by the TV, or think we need to eat every bit of food on our plates, or think something looks so good that we MUST have more of it. So we eat too much. We feel bad. We gain weight. As we say in my classroom, "No bueno".

And I get all of these things. Really, I do. I'm guilty of them more than I care to admit. 

We eat in the living room, with TV and computers on, pretty much every night (we have no dining set or stools for the counter). So if I'm snacking, sometimes I eat more than I intend to. Easy fix? Portion out your snacks first! Don't take the bag of chips or the whole carton of ice cream (I'm super guilty of the latter); portion out a serving in a bowl to take with you.

I grew up in a house where finishing all the food on my plate wasn't a choice; you didn't eat it all and you got punished. I know I'm not the only one who wasn't allowed to waste food, and things like that stick with you even when you're older (though I must say, I'm much better now about stopping when I need to -- it's so nice to have that control!). A good way to deal with this is to use a smaller plate (smaller plate = less food that fits on it), or to put less on your plate to begin with. You can always go back for more if you're still hungry, but chances are, you won't be.

As far as super delicious, gotta-have-seconds foods, I say go ahead and get some more. Just only get a little more, not a lot. Or get a little extra the first time and skip another food. Does that mac and cheese look heavenly? Get a little extra, but skip the dinner roll. Moderation is key!

So here's my challenge to you. I want you to eat a meal without technological distractions (I realize that for those of you with kids, NO distractions could be a little difficult, so that's why I'm specifying technological things). Eat sitting down, without the TV, radio, or computer on. Don't be on your phone. Just take some time to enjoy your food (and maybe some pleasant conversation). Eat slowly, and be aware of how your body is reacting to your food. When you feel satisfied, stop eating, and take note of how much food you ate and how much is left on your plate. Take pride in the fact that you listened to your body!

What are your favorite tips for making sure you don't overeat?


  1. My husband and I make it a point to eat most of our meals at the kitchen table. We cannot see the television from the table and it usually is not on. There is the occasional lazy night where we have dinner at the coffee table, but those are few and far between.

    We say "no bueno" in our house all the time - Tim started it and I was the one to take Spanish lol

  2. Awesome! Keep it up!

    We say no bueno because my co-teacher is Puerto Rican, and she's always dropping random Spanish.


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