Saving the Best for Last
So I’m working on this whole intuitive eating thing. I don’t think I’m really doing that well, I’ll be honest. I eat more than I need to feel full at just about every meal. I’m trying to learn from my mistakes, but it’s not going too well.
This evening however, I had a total breakthrough. This may sound totally weird, but I always save the best food for last. Example, tonight I had potato skins from a local restaurant for dinner. Yum yum. So I immediately size up the skins and pick out which ones are super yummy (Thinner potato, good cheese and bacon coverage.) and which ones are less (Thick potato, bad potato to cheese ratio, decidedly unchrunchy). And rather than dig right in to the yummiest potato skin on my plate, I start with the worst and work my way up.
You can obviously see the problem with this, I’m literally eating my way to the tasty food. So by the time I get to the best skin on the plate, I am already full!!!!
I dont’ just do this with the same kinds of food, I also tend to prioritize my food types, If I get a burger and fries I will eat the fries first and then the burger. If I get soup and salad, I will eat salad then soup. So on and so forth.
Where the hell did this come from? I mean I remember eating like this ever since I Was a little kid, so it is obviously not new. Also, it doesn’t seem particularly healthy. I know that part of it comes from my desire to savour the food I eat and stretch out the enjoyment for as long as possible. Because OHMIGOD what if I am never able to eat one of these amazing Potbelly’s Sugar cookies again! (Oh wait… that’s unlikely.)
Logically when it comes to food, the best will be better if you eat it first. This should be obvious to me, it will be the right temperature, I will be hungrier and therefore not forcing myself to choke down this particular potato skin because it is the tastiest one, all kinds of benefits abound.
From now on, no more saving the best for last!