fullness vs satisfaction.
Something clients and I talk about frequently is fullness vs. satisfaction.
You can have fullness without satisfaction (i.e. you eat a bowl of vegetables and are physically full, but you aren’t satisfied because all you ate was vegetables).
But you can’t have satisfaction without fullness. (I explore what makes a meal satisfying in this video module.)
So when I’m eating any meal or snack, I’m searching for satisfaction…not just fullness.
Some foods are fillings and not satisfying (hello, raw vegetables). Some foods are satisfying, but not filling (hey hey, candy like skittles or starbursts, chocolate, cake, etc.). Some foods are satisfying AND filling (hi, chocolate covered nuts, meals with carbs, etc.). Part of being a competent eater means discovering what foods are satisfying AND filling for you. Having all the food groups at a meal gives you the feeling of satisfaction and turns off the urge to eat. Satisfaction, rather than mere fullness, is a more pleasurable indicator to search for when deciding when your body is ready to stop eating.
Eating meals/snacks that made me full but didn’t satisfying me…only ever helped me overeat/binge.
This concept of being aware of fullness AND satisfaction is very inline with intuitive eating, since included in the principles of Intuitive Eating are:
- Respect fullness
- Tune in to the satisfaction factor food provides
Moral of the story: Protect yo’ self against crazy crap on Instagram that shows meals without fat and carbs. You’re not gonna find satisfaction without carbs.
Moral of the story #2: When you’re eating this week, seek satisfaction! If you seek satisfaction to guide you to when you should finish a meal, fullness will naturally be met.
Questions for you to think about and/or leave a comment about:
What is the most satisfying meal you are currently enjoying?
My fave meal right now is probably this one. So yum.
When planning meals for the week or ordering off a menu, do you tap into what is going to be satisfying instead of just ordering what is going to be filled with the most “healthy” foods?
Yup. I totally tune into what I’m cravings/what sounds physically and mentally satisfying.
(pssst! For any of my brides or future brides out there, did you see this post from Robyn?! She’s awesome.)