Do you ever catch yourself doing things, food-related things, and take a step back in horror, disgusted with yourself? I do this a fair bit…probably more than is humanly reasonable, and it’s all just one part of my horrible relationship with food. Being overweight is so much more than just eating too much and not moving around enough, sometimes it can be an uncontrollable drive that removes your power to make proper decisions or listen to your body.
So, after thinking about some of my appalling behaviours, I thought I’d share some of them with you so that you too can assess whether you need to adjust your relationship with food.
1. Ordering a ‘LARGE’ no matter how hungry you are
I definitely portion with my stomach, rather than my brain, and I realised a while ago that if I’m ordering food, I always go for the largest option available, no matter how hungry I am. I think it’s some sort of inbuilt sense of panic that if I order something smaller, I might not feel full afterwards.
2. Getting every last morsel…
We have a little cafe/bakery near us which sells healthy sandwiches and lunch-type food for really reasonable prices and we sometimes grab lunch from there, or brunch at the weekends, as a treat. I may, or may not, have been known to stand in the kitchen, picking bits of melted cheese off of the paper that Sausage’s toastie came wrapped in, before throwing it away. This is by no means limited to cheese and can also extend to the crumbs in a bag of crisps or even the salty flavouring on the inside of a bag of microwave popcorn.
3. Drinking fat
I seem to have an obsession with flavour and the most flavoursome bit to come out of a roast chicken is often the fat and juices. I may have been known to drink spoonfuls of this, straight from the pan. Just writing this down makes me feel sick and cross with myself.
4. Hiding food
Since I’ve been pregnant, this hasn’t been an issue as I’ve been really strict on myself, but my main food vice is crisps. Husband once opened the boot of our car, only to find about a dozen empty crisp bags that I’d hidden in there, meaning to throw them away at a later date. I guess my brain subconsciously tells me that food I’ve eaten in secret doesn’t count towards my daily intake?
5. Eating things in order
This is one habit that it’s taken me years to get out of, but for the majority of my life, I’ve eaten meals in a self-imposed order. If it’s a roast, I eat the veg first, then the Yorkshires, then the potatoes, then the meat. It’s like I’m saving the best for last and getting the ‘good’ bits out of the way first, but what this means in reality is that I wolf down the veg and am then usually too full up to eat the rest. Obvs, it’s good that I get my veg, but it doesn’t make for a hugely balanced meal.
Do you have any really bad eating habits that no-one knows about? Tell me I’m not alone in this! Leave me a comment below.