As I said to one of my coaching clients last year, ‘being a food lover is a blessing and a curse’.
I’m so grateful for all the opportunities for connection, creativity and joy my love of food brings.
However it does come with some struggles.
Like over eating.
I hate to think how many meals have been amazing in the moment but left me feeling not-so-amazing afterwards.
But as I’ve discovered for myself, it’s totally possible to love delicious food and (mostly) stop when you’ve had enough.
Here’s how I do it.
5 steps to stop eating when you’ve had enough
The first and biggest step is to commit to yourself that you’re going to figure this out.
Start working on the belief that you can become someone who loves their food AND stops when they’ve had enough.
If I can do it, so can you!
If you aren’t paying attention to what you’re eating, your chance of being able to recognize when it’s time to stop are non-existent.
Mindful eating is a huge key to this puzzle.
At the very least, sit down and turn off all distractions.
I’ve recently been experimenting with counting to 20 bites for at least 2 mouthfuls every meal which I’ve found helpful.
I also put my cutlery down between bites.
3. Look for the pause
This is a new idea one of my Simple Meal Plan members alerted me to.
Basically pay attention to the point at when you slow down, pause, and/or take a small breath.
Look for any natural pauses that signal it might be time to stop.
Even if you’re not feeling completely full yet.
When I find myself noticing a pause and then going into the mind drama of ‘I’ve had enough but it’s soo good, I want more’, I remind myself ‘I don’t struggle with this‘.
Then I put down my knife and fork.
It’s that simple.
I then either push my plate to the side or cover it with a serviette so I’m not tempted to pick.
Like any skill, learning to stop eating when you’ve had enough takes practice.
As I alluded to with my (mostly) above, it’s still a skill I’m working on myself.
Every time I finish a delicious meal by stopping when I’ve had enough and feel awesome afterwards, I get the positive reinforcement to keep practicing!
What do you think?
Are you a fellow food lover who also struggles to stop? Is there anything you’ve tried that has or hasn’t worked?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
Have fun in the kitchen (and at the dining table)!