So I feel as if I may have had a breakthrough in part of my diet saga. As I have tried to incorporate some of the guidelines outlined in Roth's Women Food and Good, I have had trouble with one of the simplest (and best): Eat when you're hungry. It sounds simple, but sometimes it is very hard for me to tell when I am actually hungry.
Today I was able to recognize my hunger twice. Once I pushed past it and kept eating (which violates the "eat until you're satisfied" guideline, but kept in line with "eat what you want" so perhaps they cancel out). The second time, I recognized it and found a way to move past the idea that I had to eat simply because I always eat at that time.
I know it doesn't make any sense to eat when you're full, but when you are staring down General Tso's chicken, peanut chicken, fried dough, and a dumpling (the sign said dumpling, K-Fin, even though it showed symptoms of a potsticker). How was I supposed to turn that down? Actually, I don't plan to partake in a Chinese restaurant buffet for quite a while as I tend to overeat every visit.
But I think I am starting to listen to my body better, and I'm keeping a food journal. No big celebrations for that yet, since I have only kept it for five days, but I'll mini-celebrate after a full week. In the meantime, I have got to get my rest: big day tomorrow that should be full of several blogworthy moments.