But with camping (more on that tomorrow) and the school reunion, I have rediscovered the hedonist within.
I have taken a pass on the scales, until I can sort myself out a bit, but I will refocus this week and get myself back on the wagon.
This week I am going to change one thing. I am going to Eat Less. It is what I should have been doing all along, but it is so bloody hard.
Eat Lee is rule number 45 from Herr Pollan's Food Rules. He says that this is probably the most unwelcome advice of all (I second that), but it is a scientific fact that 'calorie restriction' has repeatedly been shown to slow aging in animals and may offer something in the world of cancer prevention.
So even if you are not overweight, the argument for eating less is compelling. Afterall who doesn't want to be the fabulous woman in the black dress looking 10 years younger than your peers at your 20 year reunion? (Envious much?)
We simply eat more than our body needs. The excess wreaks havoc, and not just with our weight.
We are not the first people in history to revel in food abundance. Previous cultures have devised various ways to promote the idea of moderation that we can follow, such as:
- Stop eating when you are full
- Eat when you are hungry, not when you are bored
- Consult your gut, not your eyes, when you are eating
- Eat slowly
- The banquet is in the first bite
- Spend as much time enjoying the meal as it took to prepare it
Have you got any other strategies for eating less that I can try?