When eating food you don’t really like, but think you have to eat it (either because there is nothing else available or because that’s what your diet dictates you), it is quite challenging to feel satisfied even after reaching a comfortable level of fullness.
That demonstrates how incorporating foods you like is important for your satiety and meal satisfaction. Chocking on salad with no dressing when your body craves chicken with rice or trying to substitute your favourite dessert with a rice cake would hardly help you reach the desired satiety level. We often end up eating much more of these substitutes, attempting to trick our bodies and minds into believing that it is exactly what we need.
When you stop listening to all the diet rules and start trusting your body again, you can learn what types and amounts of foods help you achieve a comfortable level of fullness and satiety. Not bound to externally imposed restrictions, you will feel free to experiment with foods, finding your own truth in determining what, when and how much to eat.
Giving yourself an unconditional permission to experiment with foods can bring you to a point where you can explore and discover your tastes and preferences, to incorporate the foods you truly enjoy (and not just crave because it has been on your “forbidden fruits” list) into your everyday life and normalize your relationship to them.
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