Ok now I want to talk about my biggest Ah-HA moment. I am a recovering binge eater. I honestly just love food. I love the way it tastes, I love the way it makes me feel, I love to cook, I love the social aspect of sitting down for a good meal, I love all of it. My relationship with food is what got me to 285 lbs. So when I decided to start this journey, I knew that would have to change. I knew I couldn't keep eating the way I was eating, or thinking about food the way I was used to thinking about it.
After lots of inward thinking and metacognition, I figured out a way to have my cake and eat it to. I call this Terminal Deliciousness. Terminal Deliciousness is the principal that when I am eating something and the next bite is no more delicious than the last, I stop. Food can only taste SO good before it just starts tasting the same. I pay attention to each bite, and if I can't say "yep, that bite was SO MUCH MORE DELICIOUS than the one before it", I stop.
Now believe me, this takes some time. It takes the strength to really TRUST yourself. That you can actually stop. As a binge eater, I know what it is like to feel like you can't stop. To feel like you are eating to fill a void in your heart not your stomach. I know how that feels. And it took a long time of working on my relationship with food to get to a point where food no longer feeds my soul, it feeds my body. Thats all in your head. Once I realized that, Terminal Deliciousness took care of the rest.
I can say that not more than a year ago, I could put down a gallon of ice cream in one sitting. And sometimes still not FEEL satisfied. I can tell you that last night, I took a pint of ice cream, didn't even measure it out, and I had no more than a serving and I FELT satisfied. Because of Terminal Deliciousness. I know it isn't going to taste any better than it already does, so eating MOAR isn't going to satisfy me any more. Make sense?
I have said it before and I will say it again, losing weight is ALL IN YOUR HEAD. You have to recognize what is going on up there before you can make a change. BUT it is so do-able. If you have struggled with binge eating, maybe try my Terminal Deliciousness idea. If nothing else, maybe it will help you re-define "Satisfied".