Joy Held's Writer Wellness

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Friday Feast: The Consequences of Loving Food

on June 24, 2011

Friday Feast: The Consequences of Loving Food

There are five primary areas of practice to the Writer Wellness plan. Every other week I will post an idea for relaxation (Monday Meditation,) creative play (Tuesday Tickle,) fitness and exercise (Wednesday Workout,) journaling and misc. (Thursday Thought,) and nutrition (Friday Feast.)

I eat too much. It’s because I love everything about food. I especially love eating food. Because I workout several times a week, I get hungry. Sometimes really hungry and when I sit down to a meal, my eyes are bigger than I should be eating. Portion control is a must if I am to maintain the svelteness I so desire. Oh, but how to know when enough is enough? One of the consequences of loving food is not knowing when enough is enough.

I have never measured my portions and I’m not about to start, but I will play tricks on my mind and my stomach to curb overeating. Here are a few of my tricks. Am I really tricking myself because it’s me? Don’t know, but it works most of the time!

Portion control trick #1: Eat out of a bowl. Forget trying to use a smaller plate. I just stack mashed potatoes on a small plate until they look like the leaning tower of Pisa. A soup bowl works for me. The food in a bowl is not too high and not too wide which is exactly how I want my body to be, so the imagery and the amounts have equal messages for my brain.

Portion control trick #2: Eat smaller portions over the course of multiple “meals” during the day. This is also a good metabolism booster because the body is perpetually on task churning away which causes it to burn more calories.

Portion control trick #3: Candied ginger is a great way to curb appetite and not eat so much at meal time. About 30 minutes before eating, eat a small piece of candied ginger and drinks LOTS of water with it. You won’t eat so much later.

Have any portion control tricks up your sleeve? Care to share?

Happy Note: Book signing and hatha yoga demonstration Saturday, June 25 at Borders in Vienna, WV, 2-4 p.m. Will I see you there? Bring your yoga mat!

Meanwhile, remember to look for a digital or print copy of Writer Wellness, A Writer’s Path to Health and Creativity at Who Dares Wins Publishing, http://whodareswinspublishing.com.

And check out these great blogs for ideas to keep your writing and publishing healthy and prosperous.

http://writeitforward.wordpress.com/ Bob Mayer

http://jenniholbrooktalty.wordpress.com/ Jenni Holbrook

http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/ Kristen Lamb

http://inspiration4writers.blogspot.com/ Inspiration for Writers, Inc.

http://pentopublish.blogspot.com/ Natalie Markey

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One response to “Friday Feast: The Consequences of Loving Food

  1. Marcia says:

    Excellent ideas!! No, small plates don’t work. If I see it i eat it, hence, I don’t leave edible things in sight. i like the bowl idea. Candied ginger is a tasty idea. There are so many good ideas-but the key is to follow them!!! Ah, will power, where art thou??

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