I was out for dinner with a friend of mine last night at one of our favourite restaurants. We each ordered a glass of wine and then our entrees. I ordered the braised short ribs, which I've had a few times there before. It's always good, and it comes with a cute little potato cake that sits underneath the beef, all perfectly sauced up with its' braised yummy goodness.
When dinner came, I was delighted as usual to tuck into it and enjoy. I ate mindfully; chewing and savouring each bite. The dish had the short ribs, the cute little potato cake and some roasted carrots, as well.
Well about halfway through, I felt full. Yup, that's all I need right now, I thought to myself. So I stopped eating. My friend and I decided not to order any dessert. When our server cleared the plates, I asked her for a take-out box, to take my meal home in. My friend and I sat there, talking, sipping our wine, and enjoying the live music that was playing.
After about an hour and a half, we got up, left the restaurant and said our good-byes. Another perfect evening of wining and dining. Plus, I now had a great lunch in a box for tomorrow to look forward to.
I got into my car and started driving home. Then it hit me. I was hungry! All of a sudden I had to have my dinner that was in the take-out box. So I opened it up and started feeding myself as I drove. I snatched the pieces of beef, the left over carrots and what was left of the cute little potato cake, and scarfed it all down in probably less than a minute. Yowsa!
What just happened? I don't know. It could have been my excitement of seeing my friend, and all that we had to talk about. For some reason I felt fuller with less food, and then as soon as I was on my own, there was more room for the food!
Was I going to start feeling guilty about this sabotage of tomorrow's lunch? Was I going to beat myself up for my lack of willpower, my caving in, my gluttony?
No, nope and no siree! I totally was using mindful eating practices, listening to my body's cues to what it wanted at the time. I must say, I thought about those short ribs today at lunch, but I also remembered how much I enjoyed eating them with such gusto when I really wanted them last night.
All is right in my world. :)