Usually when we look at it, we look at being aware of what we eat. Awareness of what we are eating involves taking the time to eat slowly, to notice the taste, texture, smell of the food. To really appreciate it. We do that because, when we're more aware of what we're eating, when we appreciate the food we eat, we are satisfied with much less.
Now, what about the other side of the equation? How do we know if we are, in fact, satisfied?
Last night, we looked at being aware of our own bodies, the cues our bodies give us as to whether or not we need to eat, and when we've had enough.
We used balloons, blown up to different levels, to represent having our stomachs full to different levels. We passed them around and took turns at describing what each level felt like. The same condition can feel different to different people, but here's some of the things people said:
Our homework for the week is to be more aware, not just of what we eat, but what's happening with our own bodies. For thin people that probably sounds strange, but for people with a long-term weight problem, we do lose contact with those basic signals that tell us when we have had enough. If we can't tell the difference between being satisfied and full, it makes it very hard to avoid eating more than we need to.