I was watching a video by Jennifer L. Scott, aka The Daily Connoisseur, about portion control. I have seen her food videos in the past and was under the impression that she ate like a bird. This video seemed no different at first. To make matters worse, she described how she rarely finished what seemed to be relatively small meals.
Then she said something that caught my attention. She said, ” I don’t do this because I am depriving myself or because I am on a diet or anything. I just try to be very present and mindful when I am eating. And so when I do that, I just find that I am full. When I am preoccupied. Let’s say I am eating my dinner and I am also surfing the internet, I am not going to be aware when I am full.”
I was struck by this statement because I am always preoccupied when I am eating. I often eat while I am on the internet or watching tv. Have I been eating too much because I am not being mindful when I eat? I had to test this out. So, tonight after I cooked my dinner, I portioned half of it into a smaller than usual dinner plate and put the other half in a Pyrex storage container, reasoning I could get more if I needed it.
I sat down at the dining room table and ate in silence like an adult. No tv or Ipad or phone-nothing but me and my meal. I chewed slowly and thoroughly. I definitely tasted what I was eating more than usual. I noted the texture and various flavors. I also added some additional seasoning which I rarely do. When I had finished, I asked myself if I felt full and satisfied. I decided that I was both full and satisfied. I put the other half in the fridge for tomorrow night.
After dinner, feeling comfortably satiated, not stuffed, I decided to take the dogs for a walk. All three of us enjoyed this impromptu stroll immensely. Had I eaten the entire amount of food that I had prepared in front of the tv, I really doubt it would have happened. I probably would have sat there staring at the tube, feeling uncomfortably full and barely remembering having eaten.
Portion Control + Mindfulness while eating = Game Changer! Thank you Daily Connoisseur! I am definitely going to use this approach from now on.
Here is the video: