It doesn’t happen often, but on occasion I can find myself uncomfortably full. I hate the feeling and it always surprises me when it happens, since I’m not used to that feeling. Ironically, in my past, eating too much and being stuffed to the gills was my norm. It’s interesting how binge eating can create such a disconnect with how we feel physically while eating.
Everyone’s idea of “full” is probably different. Also, our own idea of “full” can change over time. Keeping portions relatively consistent may help one recognize comfortably full, versus looking for that “stuffed” feeling before we stop eating.
Now that my idea of fullness is more normalized. I don’t need an extreme stretch to the stomach to tell me that it’s time to stop eating. I think overeating robs a person of the joy of eating. Allowing ourselves to be mindful as we eat, it can feel good while you are eating and afterwards.
Have you found that your idea of full or satisfied has changed over time in response to changing your portions? Do you think it’s possible to condition yourself to overeat via large portions of low calorie foods?