Thursday, November 20, 2014
When I am eating something the I really enjoy I try to remind myself that this is probably not my last meal of "it." I will have another opportunity at some point to eat and enjoy it or something equally as enjoyable. In other words I eat a reasonable portion, telling myself I don't need to stuff myself now because I can have more later.
At holiday time this is really helpful. There are so many traditional foods around that have become part of our holiday. For example, I love turkey stuffing and tend to make it only at Thanksgiving time. But still I remind myself that if I really want stuffing again, I can make it anytime. Somehow that helps me with portion control.
Over 10 years ago my husband took a nutrition course after he had heart surgery. (And yes, he is healthy and fine right now.) At one point he raised his hand and asked the teacher: Does this mean I can never have another croissant? (He said this with a grief stricken face--LOL) The nutritionist replied, "Not at all. It means you can have one croissant a year."
Deprivation doesn't work, but knowing we're allowed, in moderation does. At least for me. And my DH!