Food rule challenge: noticing when your tastebuds get bored.
Disordered eating disconnects you from your body. It drives you to have as little food (or as little of the “wrong” foods) as possible, which leads to you living a rather distracted life in pursuit of less.
This food rule challenge is to connect you back to your body, instead of you following a preset food rule around a certain food. For this challenge, while eating something you find pleasurable, tune in to when your tastebuds get bored of that food. At some point you will notice the food isn’t tasting as exciting as it did upon first bite.* It’s the law of diminishing returns…or ummm, the law of diminishing satisfaction. This isn’t about eating x amount of food, it’s instead about reconnecting to how your tastebuds experience food and can help guide you when eating.
Sometimes your tastebuds will get bored before you’ve eaten enough and you will, likely, need to continue eating to find fullness. This may be an occasion when you’re eating a meal you’re really not excited about so your tastebuds are over it before you even take a bite. Other times you will hit fullness before your tastebuds get bored and you get to decide if you’d like to keep enjoying and end up a bit overly full (totally normal, this was me last night with some battered & fried sesame tofu that was SO good) or save the rest of the meal for another time.
Give it a try!
*if you are restricting yourself from food you may find your tastebuds feel like they never get bored of food. This is a common side effect of deprivation and something I work with clients on and address in the course + in numerous past blog posts.