This blog entry is going to require user participation. So if you’re reading this while you’re driving … well, you’re probably already nestled in a ditch or snugly wrapped around a stout tree trunk or maybe you’ve been ejected through the side window and are enjoying a comforting episode of unconsciousness. I’ll wait. Okay, that’s better.
Whatever the case, that means your hands are free for this little exercise here while you wait for the EMT. So if your ulna isn’t jutting through your forearm, follow along.
Oh. First, let me say that I don’t really “believe” in diets. Not diets in the unsustainable act of desperation sense. I’m trying to transition to something healthy (one step at a time) that I enjoy and can maintain. So with that caveat out of the way, here we go.
- Put your hands out in front of you, palms down.
- Ball your hands into fists.
- Bring your fists together, side by side.
You see that? That’s about the size of your stomach. If you’re an over-eater like I am — binge eating back in my teens and 20’s played havoc with my fullness thermometer — then do this the next time you eat.
For example, the next time you get a burrito take a look at it. Do the double fists and compare the size of the burrito to that. Even if you imagine how much space it will take up when masticated, chances are you’ll see that it’s too much food for one sitting.
A whole Al’s cheesesteak? Or God have mercy on your soul, a whole Captain Harvey’s cheesesteak? Ouch. How many times have I done that. But with that visual you’ll start to associate the amount of food with the aftermath of large portions.
You reconnect your eyes to your stomach.
That’s all. Simple, yet effective.
Playlist for this blog entry:
“Farewell My Love”
“Them Heavy People”
The Eleventh Hour
“Straighten Up and Fly Right”
“Raised on Robbery”