Sometimes we need to take a step back and learn a few things from our children. Yes, that's right, us adults, grown ups who think we have it all figured out, need to learn a few lessons from the very ones we are teaching.
I'm writing this article in regards to food. Now of course I'm over generalizing, there are obviously kids on the other end of the spectrum.
Why is it that children just inherently know when to stop eating? They don't stuff themselves. They don't usually eat everything on their plate unless you make them. They don't eat so much that they end up in a food coma.
I was thinking about this as I was feeding lunch to my 13 month old son. The next bite he ate instantly came right back out of his mouth. I tried to give him another bite but he shook his head no. "Come on bud!" I would say trying to encourage just one more bite. Although he can't talk, the look on his face said, "But Mom, I'm done! I don't want anymore! My little belly can't handle anymore!"
That's when I took a step back and realized, wow Tucker. You are wise little man. Yes you have just a tiny little belly that can't hold much food. He ate what he was hungry for and what he wanted, and now it's time to play again.
We are born with the ability to know when to stop eating. It's not until a few years down the road when 'think' we have to clean our plates, or we 'think' we have to eat the whole ginormous plate of food at the restaurant because, well hey, that's what they brought out, it 'must' be one serving!
Next time you reach for that afternoon snack, start filling your plate with seconds, or see five servings set in front of you at your favorite restaurant, ask yourself how hungry are you really? If you're satisfied, you're good. If you're feeling like you need to unbutton your pants, you've eaten too much. Stop eating BEFORE you're full. You actually don't have to finish every last bite off your plate, much to contrary belief.
Thank you, Tucker, for reminding me of this very important lesson.
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