Are your eyes bigger than your stomach?

I’m sure you have heard the expression “My eyes are bigger than my stomach” many times.

I’m not sure of the origin of the expression, but it has been around for nearly 200 years.

There are several ways to interpret this expression.  The most common is with regards to food.  The expression can also be used:
  • Figuratively when talking about someone who desires more than he/she can really afford.
  • To indicate that a person has a desire for more than he/she can actually handle.

There’s a quote, not referring to food, but using the popular expression metaphorically:

“I’m afraid that our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, and that we have more curiosity than comprehension. We try to embrace everything but succeed only in grasping the wind.”      Montaigne, Of Cannibals, 1580
But as mentioned, the most common definition has to do with food.  People use the expression as an excuse for taking more food than they can eat.  Then leaving the extra as waste.

Through nutrition courses, I’ve learned:

  • The quality of food is more importation than the quantity.
  • Satisfaction is better than the instant gratification of food.

Time to slow down; chew your food; enjoy your food; and only eat until satisfied.

Listen to your body!

Don’t be perfect just be better and try these tips to save calories for what you really want.

  1. Sit down to eat.
  2. Pay attention i.e. have a dinner conversation with family or friends.  Better than mind melting with the TV and inhaling your food.
  3. Don’t grab and eat on the run.
  4. Eat when hungry.
  5. Bored?  Take a walk, stretch, jump, and/or move.
  6. Eat until 80% full.

You have nothing to lose by trying these or other new strategies.  Go for it!

Share your successes with friends, family.  I’d love to hear about them.

Remember I’m always just one click away.

Until next time,

Your Friend & Coach Jessica
Personal Trainer and Nutritionist