Friday, August 07, 2009

Back to Eating Consciously

With the funk and working so much has come eating to just get through the day. Eating to stay awake, eating to find some pleasure -- but it's showing when I look at the scales. I am now 10 pounds over where I was about 2 weeks after I had Paige. {sigh}
Now that work is almost done it's time to get back to eating consciously. My own steps for that:
1. Eat when I'm hungry (the key is to not get STARVINGLY hungry, because then you reflexively over-eat).
2. Enjoy what I'm eating. So often as a mom I'm plowing through food just to get something in my body I don't really enjoy it. Not cool.
3. Stop when you're full. While I still have yet to really figure out the "full" point, while enjoying my food I ask myself if I'm still hungry, really hungry -- not just wanting to eat.
4. Not be afraid to box-up leftovers or throw food away. It's a big issue with me and my money-saving habits but I have to remind myself that I am not a human waste can. The food does no better in me than it'd do in the garbage or the compost bin (really wanting to buy a compost bin -- but that's another story for another day).
5. Also, I saw somewhere that 1/2 of your plate should be fruits or veggies. I like that idea, and it's an easy way to visualize it. I think I'm gonna try to gear our meals this way, when possible.

I'm trying to do 20 minute'ish workouts. We can't pretend that my life is particularly sedentary and I find that when I'm doing the really long and hard workouts in the AM that I am really tired come the afternoon, I am also trying to be realistic in the fact that I have 3 kids to get up, ready and going to school in about 2 weeks. Lindsay Brin has just come-out with some new workout tapes for moms. They're all under 30 minutes, with several options on them, and they're 50% off this month. I got a few of them for some variations. I also really like her core methods -- I am really starting to figure out what she's talking about when she says pelvic floor. One of them says it's a "tummy tuck without the surgery" -- I'll let you know how that claim works out. :)

Go Me.


  1. Sharon9:15 PM

    I like that saying from Michael Pollan... "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants." Not that we really do that here, but it's something I keep in mind, and especially now that it's summer and so much locally available produce is so good, we are eating more veggies than anything else. I use meat and cheese as sparingly as possible to accent the veggies. Also herbs!

  2. Eating sparingly is so hard. I need to learn when I'm hungry and when I'm bored and definately when I'm full. I have "clean-plate" syndrome. I need to take smaller portions.


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