Eating the smallest amount possible is not only something that dieters try to do, but it reaches even further than that. Culturally, we are so afraid of obesity and fat, as well as villainizing “gluttony”, that en-mas we view food restriction as a virtue.
I would guess that even people who are not mentally burdened with diet-mentality still think that logically, eating the smallest amount possible, is a good thing.
But let’s think about that for a minute… does it make any biological sense to go through life eating the smallest amount possible at meals?
The smallest amount that can fill us up the better?
The least amount of calories to make us not hungry anymore?
Egg whites and fake noodles and and fat-free yogurt and lots and lots of fiber and water. Yum.
Or maybe its carbs that are feared so its all fats ad proteins and low-glycemic everything, stevia stevia, almond flour and cream.
And 20 minutes later: Grumble Grumble.
I have spent so much time how to figure up how to fill up on the least amount possible. And it has always been a misery. The problem is… it doesn’t make any logical sense. Even that phrase “fill up on the least possible” doesn’t make any sense. It is almost an oxymoron phrase.
Just biologically, if some of our ancestors… even just 150 years ago (no matter what they ate, that is not part of the my debate) went from day to day trying to eat the least amount of food they could- afraid to fill up -afraid to eat a little too much from meal to meal- other people would have thought they were legitimately crazy. Why on earth would they try to eat little? Even if they were afraid of getting fat like their Aunt Marge? Eating normal, nourishing amounts doesn’t make someone fat. They would have known that then! And seeing restrictive food behavior back then would have left their peers so confused.
Even if you are calorically filled up on your egg-whites and flax fiber, coming from the mental position of trying to eat the smallest amount possible is stressful. It is stressful to your mind that wants to survive and flourish and be fed and nourished. That stress alone creates health problems, and further denial-based disordered eating.
The sooner you can switch your eating mentality to one of Nourishment instead of restriction, you will already be setting yourself up to succeed.
We are not wired to thrive mentally or physically on the least amount of food possible.
Fuck That Diet Mentality!
This makes so much sense. Right now I’m in a stage where I’m trying to let myself eat whatever it is I’m craving, to give less power to these foods. One thing I’ve noticed was that now that I let myself have cookies, I have a full box in my pantry and do not desire them as much as I did when I restricted. But I still have trouble letting myself eat until I am full without guilt. But it’s all a journey and I’m making progress! Thank you for all your posts, they are seriously a huge help.
Someone in France who I don’t feel like looking up right now once said “You can never be too rich or too thin.” In a certain place and time, that made a certain sort of humorous sense. Life as we know it has certain potentially annoying limits. The thing that makes nonsense relative is a matter of psychology, in a way it wouldn’t if we were gods. Since we’re not, there’s a spectrum of annoyance or mental illness that’s much broader for a human being than for a canine or a rodent. Power corrupts. Sufficient power does not. Sufficient power is impossible. Now I’m starting to sound like I’m channeling Frankenstein. The cure for the human condition isn’t sex or death. It’s being a god. Good luck with that. Obviously you’re too well-adjusted to see this as poignant, but there’s lots of anorexics and transhumanists out there. Who knows how many? One tends not to advertise it, when one is a certain kind of deviant. Well, I’m anonymous now, so… Food is like money, only you can eat it. And it doesn’t keep so well. Bother.
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I wish it was my bracelet!! No its just a pic I found. Thank YOU!
Thank you for adding some sanity to my life!