Food is a force of life, a source of energy that keeps us going. But being the human beings we are, we easily can confuse food to being our source instead of a source. Sometime we just don’t know when to stop. It’s why buffets will never go out of business here in Florida. We are ravenous creatures whose eyes are a great deal larger than our stomaches. But it’s not abnormal to deal with this unsatiable appetite. We all deal with this at one point or another – at least if you’re human. Liz Lemon from 30 Rock, is that type of woman, that relatable human being (at least to me.) One whose blunt, unapologetic and unfilitered thought process and impulses can probably relate to most of us. (Sorry : I know 30 Rock may be a dated example, but I don’t watch much tv except for a recent fixation about a certain chemistry teacher turned meth producer, that may have the best health-related materials, at least for now.)
Granted we deal with this “I want it all” idea, with nearly every aspect of life. How often are we completely content in the moment? Especially when we’ve got our eyes on something that we can’t have or that’s limited. But just like you learn to budget your money, organize your time, and allot some relaxing or entertainment in your week, you must “budget” your eating patterns. Or you will forever find yourself in such situations…
So how do you control this ferocious voice inside you that says, “I can have it all!” and be satisfied?
1. Eat Breakfast – You all hear it all the time. But this will truly make a world of difference to your day.
2. Avoid Eating late – Unless you’re wake up call isn’t until 2pm everyday, avoid 2am Taco Bell runs. ( And one effects the other. of course if you eat too much at night you’re not going to feel like eating first thing in the morning.)
3. Cut Your Portions Way Down – Leave meals feeling satisfied rather than full.
4. Eat about 5 Small Meals Instead of 3 Big Onse – But don’t think captain crunch, pizza, and big macs 5 times a day, but whole, clean foods.
Here’s an example of one day:
Breakfast – Oatmeal w berries, almonds w a dollop of greek yogurt
Snack – handful of sunflower seeds and an apple
Lunch – Grilled chicken, roasted broccoli & squash w olives
Snack – Carrots and hummus
Dinner – Sauteed Fish with green beans, quinoa & avacado
5. Cheat Meal/Day – Now I know I’ve said before I don’t like the idea of “cheating” but really it’s another way of “budgeting” or allowing indulgences while staying on track. So one meal (or one day) a week let yourself eat whatever you’re craving. This is all apart of the Clean and Lean philosophy, that I’ve been applying & sharing with you. It works!
Just a little patience and you can eventually have it all. Eventually….