Did you realize that nowhere on a single serving package does it say that you have to eat it in one sitting? This came to me as quite a “click” moment — maybe even an epiphany! Obviously, because of the surgery I can’t eat as much as I used to, but it’s possible to make the effort to try.
It started with a small bag of pretzels. Not the best choice, but not a terrible one either. The doctors had said that I could start adding in small amounts of carbs. I chose pretzels. I love them. Let’s not discuss the fact (right now at least) that I later discovered that they’re a powerful binge trigger for me.
There were more carbs in that little package than I had been eating in a day at that point. And my dump-o-meter was set fairly low [I could eat about 18 grams before becoming nauseated]. So I realized that I couldn’t eat the entire little package at one time. It took me two days to finish.
And that’s when it hit: Just because a package says that it’s one serving doesn’t mean that you have to eat it at one sitting.
Think of the implications! Nine small pieces of chocolate spread out through the day! Three or four cookies eaten at different times — dessert for lunch, dessert for dinner, PLUS that all-important afternoon snack!
We’re always making choices, and let’s face it, some of them are smarter than others. Even if we’re determined to make a less-than-perfect choice, damage control is possible. But in general, a single serving of anything is fine. In my opinion, spreading it out through the day makes it more enjoyable, and I’m less likely to keep eating more. I know another treat is coming, and often I can control my impulses [often, not always].
The key is, though, is to pick something other than a binge trigger as the treat. Yes. I had to give up pretzels. As much as I love them, they set me off. Thank goodness for chocolate!!
But as a postscript, there’s a fair bit of work to be done in figuring out WHY I need this treat. Even though it might be only a small amount of not-so-good food, what’s going on that I’m making this a choice? For now, let’s just be grateful that it’s a controlled amount.