"Stop eating when you no longer feel hungry.” This part of the Full Plate Diet plan recently came to mind as I got home at the end of the day and realized that I wasn’t hungry.
I’ve made a habit of eating an evening meal for so long that I didn’t quite know what to do with this new information. My internal dialogue went something like this: “If I’m not hungry, I shouldn’t eat, should I?” “But, how will I survive without the pleasure of eating an evening meal, even if I’m not hungry?”
I decided to compromise by eating two pieces of fruit, which is much less than my usual fare. While I missed the pleasure of eating a full meal, I felt good about making a choice that helped me maintain my weight where I wanted it. Later in the evening, when I did get a little hungry, I just thought about how much I’d enjoy breakfast the next morning. I try to avoid eating late at night because it doesn't help my efforts to maintain a healthy weight.
How about you? How do you react when you’re presented with the opportunity to eat when you’re not hungry? Perhaps your insight will help someone else.