Hi, friends! I’m Amy Hanneke (not to be confused with Amy Shen!) and I’m guest blogging over here to talk about satisfaction! We did a little blog swap today – click over to my blog here to see Amy S’s post!
What is satisfaction + why is it important?
When it comes to food, I like to think of satisfaction as the pleasure and contentment that eating can bring. Hunger and fullness are the more objective aspects of eating, but satisfaction brings in the subjective – and it’s okay to eat according to this as well!
In fact, I highly encourage people to eat for both satisfaction and fullness simultaneously. However, just because you’re eating for both at the same time doesn’t mean they’ll be reached at the same time. Think of it like the end of Thanksgiving dinner: you’ve probably enjoyed food to a higher level of fullness than normal, but you know that you do want some dessert. So, you have a few bites of pumpkin pie, not for hunger – but to satisfy a craving. Or maybe you’re sitting down to that dinner and you find that you’ve eaten enough mashed potatoes to not want any more, but you’re still hungry so you switch your focus to other foods that bring you more pleasure. (PS – click here for a hunger/fullness scale if you want help decoding your body!)
Eating is supposed to be an enjoyable experience – satisfaction is a key part of a healthy relationship with food. When we eat for just hunger and not satisfaction, we are more prone to obsessing over food, binging, and general discontentment. Don’t believe me? Think of the last time you tried a diet or cut out certain foods.
Finding satisfaction + a helpful mindset
My favorite way to help find satisfaction in food is to eliminate distractions, like scrolling on your phone or watching the news. I know that this is not always doable (I’ve eaten many desk lunches in my time!) but helping find a quiet few minutes when you can to actually eat – and just eat – will help you more fully experience your food and draw more pleasure out of eating.
Here’s a tip for adjusting your mindset if you’re just beginning to eat intuitively as opposed to dieting: think of yourself as an anthropologist, learning about your body and making new discoveries objectively. Instead of judging your hunger, think of it as a fact. Note what satisfies your cravings and what doesn’t, and acknowledge that it may be different on different days – your body isn’t a statue, it’s constantly changing.
How do you find satisfaction in food?
How do you know when you’re satisfied?