Living Better: I am So Full of It!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Criado Realty 0548772

You are what you eat. We know this, so it dictates for many, what we should eat. But the next step is to evaluate how much you eat. Those of us in more disciplined households know it's best not to over eat. But what does that really mean?

Raise your hand if you were told to eat everything on your plate to not waste food or eat all your food, there are starving kids in Ethiopia! My parents grew up very poor so they have this crazy notion that eating everything prevents food waste. In fact, my mom's family, all 12 of them, have the same ideology about food. When there is a family reunion, no matter how long that potato salad was out in the sun, they take it home or eat it. I was taught the same. At home, I don't do it, but for some reason, when it comes to restaurants, I feel the need to eat it all. Probably because eating out was a luxury so if I order out and don't eat it, it's like throwing money in the garbage disposal.  But is it? Perhaps the real waste was that I ordered something bigger than I could or should eat. It's not like eating or not eating it undoes the expense, put the cow back together or the corn back on the cob. Right? But I think the Okinawans got it right!

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to eat with an Okinawan elder, you’ve invariably heard them intone this Confucian-inspired adage before beginning the meal: hara hachi bu — a reminder to stop eating when their stomachs are 80 percent full. This cultural practice of calorie restriction and mindful eating is part of the reason that Okinawa has a higher percentage of centenarians than anywhere else in the world. (BlueZones)

They are also known to cultivate their own food, gardening. Gardening for Life!  talks about the benefits. 

I decided to hire a health coach and she gave me a few simple changes to make but I am adding a 4th which piggy backs on the Okinawan lifestyle because I am committed to the things I learned in the Centurian documentary.

1) Track my food with a food diary (to be cognizant of what I really eat)

2) Do 5-10 minutes of exercise daily (to be an outlet to manage stress and avoid excuses)

3) Take an inventory of prepackaged foods and make note of the calories, fats, and salts. (we'll be talking about the effects it is having on weight gain)

4) Hara Hachi Bu.

In fact, starting today, I will be saying that before every meal (or snack) and take 2-3 minutes to close my eyes, think of what I am about to eat, and think of the changes I want in my life. 

While some believe in big steps and changes, others believe in small steps in the right direction. I think overall I am making big strides but small in different areas. I know what I am and am not capable of. I need these changes, por vida!  

Two other related blogs from this 3 part series of things I'm serious about.



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Comments (9)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Cathy- When I was in grad school, I remember learning that when we eat fast, our body doesn't have time to tell us "I'm full."  I'm usually a slow eater so my body has time to tell me "Enough!" I know what you mean about going out to eat and not wanting to waste anything. But thankfully, Larry and I both enjoy leftovers. For many years now, we will often share a meal because it's all we need!

Sep 11, 2023 05:46 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Loved your post Cathy Criado  yes I grew up that way... and when I got older I learned if I was full I would save the leftovers for the next day, in restaurants I learned to take home leftovers too... so with that said we eat well and we remain frugal too. When I make soup I have enough to freeze some for next time:)Endre

Sep 11, 2023 09:21 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Cathy. I grew up the same way as you eating everything on my plate. And it continued into my adult life and I ate until I was full and then 20% more I think. Now I eat until I am comfortable and have leftovers. Should have done it years ago. Enjoy your day.

Sep 12, 2023 04:24 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

When something is tasty, I typically want more - and usually get it. That last part is something I need to work on!

Sep 12, 2023 04:42 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Cathy. I was raised with the same "warning" except I was told children in India are starving! :) I was seriously an adult before I felt no guilt about not cleaning my plate. I openly admit to a weakness for sweets... so all I can is I hope if we are what we eat that I am more sweet than sour! :)

Sep 12, 2023 05:55 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

You are definitely sweet Miss Nina Hollander, Broker 

Sep 12, 2023 08:35 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist thanks, Kathleen! There are those who'd say I'm just semi-sweet! :)

Sep 12, 2023 08:39 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Along with this, having the right mental and spiritual mindset can go a long way towards good health!

Sep 12, 2023 07:32 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

For the past week or so, I cup my hands together and eat no more than what will fit into my hands.  Of course, I do not actually put the food in my hands, I use a bowl that size. 

For the past several months I have been fasting for a minimum of 16 hours between meals. Some days it is up to 20 or more hours before I eat.  I drink a lot of purified water, not from plastic bottles, and take many supplements.  

Amazing how we can improve our overall metabolic health. 

Keep up the outstanding work, Cathy Criado 


Sep 12, 2023 08:35 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist is onto something - the intermittent fasting.  We started that too and it takes some discipline but makes you get hungry and appreciate what you're eating.  You don't have to be obsessive about it, but get the general concept.

Nov 06, 2023 04:54 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

I liked your reminder about healthy eating habits. Some of this advice was in my Mom's instructions to get off the table a little hungry, and walk after that. I liked the Hara Hachi Bu idea.

Nov 08, 2023 06:49 AM