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Healthy Eating Excerpt from Don't Weight
An Exercise in Halves
The most important part of this exercise is your motivation and the goal you set as you try the exercise. You may be tempted to turn this into an exercise to help you eat less food. That is normal. It is just not helpful. If your motivation and goal becomes controlling your portion size, then you would have turned this exercise into just another diet behavior. When done with the correct goal in mind, this exercise leads you to the OPPOSITE of dieting. This exercise is a tool for you to use as you journey away from external controls on your eating toward INTERNAL choices.
The goal of this exercise is
Do you ever find yourself uncomfortably full at the end of a meal? Sometimes it is quite a surprise. While you were eating you were not uncomfortable. Then a few minutes after you finish ... boom ... that overstuffed feeling hits you. Wouldn't it be helpful to increase your awareness of how you feel while you are in the middle of your meal? That would allow you to make choices that were more comfortable. That would allow you to enjoy both your meal and a comfortable level of fullness afterward. Try this.
The goal of the "exercise in halves" is to eat as much of your meal as you want, as much as leaves you comfortable. When you experiment with this exercise, you are likely to be able to accomplish these two results:
This "exercise in halves" is a tool to use if and only if it helps you in your individual process toward healthy eating. This exercise is designed to help you develop internal choices and increased awareness of how you feel and what you need. It is not a tool for portion control. If you use this exercise to trick yourself into eating less, you may find that you react the same way you would if you were dieting.
Use this exercise as long as you find it to be helpful. Don't use it if you find yourself having some uncomfortable reaction to it. (Although, you may find it valuable to think through your reaction, in case that is part of your individual process.) Remember that this is YOUR process. You are the only one in the entire world who will react the way you do. There are lots of tools, exercises, ways of thinking, etc. It is up to you to notice your reaction to trying any of the ideas presented here. It is up to you to use or not use anything that you choose. This is not a program where you are required to follow the steps. This is a process that you are designing for yourself.
You are leading yourself through your own individual process as you read this book and experience your reactions. Try the "exercise in halves" if you think it will be helpful. Try it at least once even if you don't. Skip this exercise altogether if you feel it will reduce your healthy eating or trigger a negative reaction. Trust yourself and keep thinking.
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