When do you stop eating? What is your “cue”? Your internal or external signal? Many of us are on a “Sea/See” Food Diet: We see food (cue), we eat it until it is all gone (cue). Many studies have shown that “portion control” is a key factor in weight management; most tend to eat whatever is on the plate in front of them and given American restaurants’ proclivity for massive meals, that can be a challenge. One solution, at least at home or at a buffet, is to use small plates.

Do you stop eating when you are “FULL” or do you stop eating when you are “No Longer Hungry”? There is a significant calorie difference! Hara hachi bu is a(n) Okinawan/Japanese/Zen phrase for the concept of stopping eating when you are 80% full (literally, stomach 80%) i.e. when you are no longer hungry.

Eat Mindfully, eat in control, eat only when hungry, cease eating on autopilot, grow aware of the cues and triggers that nudge you to eat when you are not hungry.

Closing Quotes:

“Eight parts of a full stomach sustain the man; the other two sustain the doctor.” – Japanese Proverb

“Successful weight loss takes re-programming, not willpower.” – Phil McGraw

“While weight loss is important, more important is the quality of food you put in your body – food is information that quickly changes your metabolism and genes.” – Mark Hyman

As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier