Friday, December 19, 2008

What is Enough?

What is enough? People often ask me how much to eat. They want specifics. 1/2 cup of this, 1 ounce of that, be sure to eat broccoli on Tuesdays and have your burdock chopped on the diagonal while facing north. I am not big on specifics. I really don't care if you eat your broccoli or if you ever enjoy fresh burdock. I am interested that you know how incredibly strengthening burdock is for us. How it can cleanse the blood and is added to just about every Chinese remedy for its enhancement to our well being. How broccoli can give you more calcium than milk and all the fun ways to enjoy it from being simmered in a sweet and savory white sauce or quickly sauteed with garlic and tossed with pasta, in a casserole or how about broccoli bisque with red pepper cream?

It seems to me that when we are having fun and enjoying our lives than the questions of how much become much more simple. Eat until you are lightly full. Watch for the sigh that comes from your stomach filling up with food. Your own body will gladly tell you when to stop stuffing in more. Are you listening is a whole other thing.

The art of listening to yourself and allowing the trust to develop, that you do know best, can be something like a tangled ball of string that needs a little unraveling. It takes practice. It takes letting go of the anger that might come up as you find out what hunger is. Hunger is not an enemy. So often I see people misinterpret being tired, bored, unhappy or all kinds of things for hunger. They look for something to grab and soothe themselves.

That is where you get to make your own rules. Do you eat three meals a day? Do you have snacks that you feel good about? If you know there is the next meal coming can you wait? What are the rules you set up for yourself and are they in line with what you would like? Thin people acknowledge their hunger. A little hunger doesn't scare them and they either get a snack if it will be a long time before the next meal or just wait. When you are busy and happy a little hunger usually goes unnoticed. While waiting too long sets us up to over eat, it is that listening and learning what level your hunger is and if it is true hunger at all. How much can your stomach comfortably hold and are you willing to maybe allow yourself a little less to feel better, look better and have more energy?

Then come the specific foods too. Animal foods will be more filling and more acid forming so how often you eat them will be one of those things you get to learn what is right for you. Only you can really decide what is enough of anything. I can lead you to make choices that support you. I can offer guidelines to play with. Ultimately what is enough is completely in your control. Play with that at every opportunity to consume food and see what occurs.

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