Let’s face it; most of us really enjoy food and the social aspect of experiencing a nice meal with family or friends. So there will no doubt be special occasions like celebrations, holidays or even dining at your favorite vegan restaurant, where you might elect to indulge more than usual, just for the sensory experience. While it’s hard to quantify the long-term “damage” of this kind of isolated incidence of overeating, it’s probably safe to say that, as long as you’re following a Rock-Solid eating regimen for the other 35-plus meals or snacks that week, you’ll be okay. Should you choose to indulge, however, consider the following:
1) Fully Enjoy: Take your time. Eat your meal slowly and mindfully as you savor every bite. You will not only enjoy the meal more, but you will wind up eating less.
2) Digestive Assistance: The suggestion of avoiding liquids with meals is especially valid in the case of these special feasts. Drinking will only make things harder on your body. If you must drink something, do so sparingly. Also, as we’ll cover in a future blog on supplements, take an extra digestive enzyme or two during your meal to assist your body in the sizable task of digesting a meal like this.
3) Doggy Bag/Leftovers: Don’t feel like you have to eat everything in sight. When it is possible and appropriate, plan on enjoying some of this delicious meal (in smaller quantities) the next day. Be sure to request your doggie bag (or pull out your container) beforehand so you can set aside your portions in advance of the meal. Otherwise, there’s a good chance you’ll devour everything before you have a chance to take any home.
4) Mind Set: Many of us were told, “Clean your plate! There are people starving around the world.” We all can understand the good intention behind this familiar, cultural directive. An updated paradigm to this might be, “Acknowledge what’s on your plate! There are people starving around the world.” As we silently count our blessings and call to mind those less fortunate, we tend to be less rabid toward, and more grateful about, the huge meal in front of us.