A truck turned a corner with a sign on its side panel that said, “Is your eating system working efficiently?” Eating system?
Actually, I’d misread the sign because the ‘h’ in heating was out of sight. But the question got me to thinking of the connection between heating and eating systems. While we eat to fuel our bodies, food is far more than fuel—it’s one of the joys of life.
A non-dieter since 2009, I follow an eating system that depends on internal hunger and fullness cues. But I still get hung up on eating at times. Some mornings find me starting the day with food fantasies that continue all day long, particularly when I’m stressing out over something. Fuel or food beyond what we can use gets stored, and who wants to carry that around?
My eating system’s working well for the most part because I’m slowly but surely adjusting to not putting external limits on what I eat. If I paid attention more often to my fullness level before and during meals, however, my weight would naturally decrease, but at least it’s stabilized, judging from the way my clothes fit. The hard part is not having a waist. Sigh. Maybe in time. But one thing that’s changing is I don’t go driving around town to find the freshest donut or cinnamon roll or whatever as often as I used to. It’s just not the way I want to spend my time.
How’s your eating system working? I’d like to hear about it.