This is something I work on with so many of my clients- getting satisfaction from food.
Far too many of us eat things because we think they are "good" or "healthy" or "the right thing to eat". But at the end of a meal, do you feel satisfied? Because you should!
First of all, let me say that being full is not the same as being satisfied. Yes eating provides us with energy, so it is important to feel full after a meal, but full does not necessarily mean satisfied.
How do I know I'm NOT satisfied?
You spend the rest of the day snacking or searching the cupboards and fridge for something to eat.
You can't figure out what you want, but you know you want something ELSE.
You have a craving for a specific food.
You are preoccupied with food and can't stop thinking about what to eat/what you will eat later etc.
How can I get satisfaction from food?
Spend a few minutes thinking about what food sounds good to you NOW.
Ask yourself if you'd like something: hot or cold? Smooth or crunchy? Soft or hard? Sweet or savoury?
Figure out how hungry you are- what size meal would be good? Do you need something filling, or something light?
After you've asked yourself these questions, think about what foods or what meal fits in best. E.G. if you want something filling, warm and savoury, maybe a bowl of pasta would be good.
Eat the foods that will bring you satisfaction.
Food is meant to be pleasurable and enjoyable. We are allowed to enjoy food and get satisfaction from food. Food is not fuel, it is so much more than that!
Say it with me, "I am allowed to eat food I enjoy".
This sounds easy, but it can be difficult in real life. If you need help finding the satisfaction factor, maybe I can help you find it. Drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in working with me.
Lots of love,
Little O x