There is a major disconnect between my mind, my mouth, and my stomach. They say it takes 20-30 minutes before your stomach tells your mind that it's full, thus this often leads to over eating.
This past Sunday night I enjoyed a wonderful family dinner prepared by my mother-in-law, Victoria. I love pot roast, cooked carrots, and especially mashed potatoes, because I rarely eat potatoes. So, I dished up a nice full plate and started to eat. As I started into pot roast and my first thought was I didn't get enough meat, I should go back and get more meat. Alas, I didn't because I had plenty of other food to enjoy. I ate slowly, I enjoyed eat bite, but the whole time my tongue is telling my mind "I want more." My taste buds are having a party, and my stomach hasn't put it's two cents in.
I had a clean plate. Actually there wasn't even gravy left to lick up. It was clean, could have put the dish away. It took all my mental capacity to resist the urge to go back for seconds. I wasn't hungry, it just tasted good.
I takes a lot of mind over taste buds to break the habit of over eating. My doctor recently told me it only take eating 50 calories a day to much to put on 5 pounds a year. That's not hard to do. Even if you eat good most days and then over indulge by several hundred calories on one day it's hard to make up the difference.
It's important to exercise, it's important to have portion control, and it's important not to go back for seconds!