Actually, if you give me something new and exciting to eat every day, I’ve noticed I’m much more likely to overeat. Crazy, right? Let’s get real for a sec here. There’s a ton of research on this phenomenon if you’re interested, b/c it totally doesn’t happen to just me, but here’s my story:
I’ve noticed when a new meal is in front of me I tend to eat much faster (ahhh yum! get in my face!) and therefore don’t get my hunger cues until the meal has been polished off and half P’s plate is now missing too. (sorry P!) My regular rotation meals (the food jaggy stuff) are eaten and savored much slower and I get those hunger cues on time. Of course, creating new recipes and trying meals at fun local restaurants are not only things I enjoy, but something I do on a weekly basis! So, for me, it’s all about finding that balance. I typically don’t have desserts b/c food calories are much more satisfying to me than sugar calories. (to me, i’ll never deny you a cupcake, cupcake!) But if the craving strikes, I’ll adjust my plan of action so I can enjoy a treat. So basically, sometimes I have boring meals amist the super exciting ones. And that’s totally OK with me, since those meals aren’t really boring…. They’re absolutely delicious! Plus, I typically get hooked on 2-3 meals at a time, I still get a ton of variety of colors and produce on my plate.