But I always have a pudding!

This used to always be heard in my house. It was a habit /  a daily ritual.

How  / when did this habit start? When I think back, I realise this habitual behaviour pattern started in my childhood all those eons ago.  This started me thinking about other habits I formed around eating – eating the same everyday for breakfast; eating at the same time everyday; Sunday roast dinner; having a take away meal as a treat on a Friday night; Saturday night treat – meal on a tray in front of the television; the necessity of ‘waste not, want not’ and clearing your plate; the importance of sitting around a table for all the other meals and finally the importance of conversation and discussion at mealtimes.

Thankfully, I have broken all but the last 2 habits (which I feel are ones I value and are good habits). I had to consciously acknowledge these ingrained traits and work hard at overcoming them.

The final habit I have got to grips with is that of hunger v habit. The availability of food and the habitual way of eating had overridden my ability to distinguish between eating for the sake of it and true hunger. Not only had I lost the ability to tell if I was hungry but also if I was full / satiated.

Now, I ask myself, ‘Am I really hungry; or actually thirsty; or just craving something?’ and I no longer clear my plate if I am full having decided it is better for any excess food to go in the bin than be stored as fat on my body! (Reduced portion size means I don’t often waste food – this has helped me control the ‘waste not, want not’ voice in my head!)

I do, of course, still have a pudding sometimes but not as a treat for clearing my plate, or not because I always have one but just because very occasionally…I want one 🙂



3 thoughts on “But I always have a pudding!

  1. I feel
    Like that about chocolate! Puddings are still attractive .. Yet seldom eaten at home.. Only because they are full of sugar ( commercial ones) and pumped with gums.. Thickeners and other ingredients to make them fluffy or increase the shelf life! So we really want to eat a dairy dessert with a p+3 days?? P= day of production.. ( Must admit the sight of seeing 80,000 custard tarts on a production line was mouthwatering!!! )😀🍭


  2. My habit is Diet Coke, after I had eaten a meal I always want one. To the point in which I would say I crave it. I can not have one during the meal but as soon as I am finished I will want one. I have tried having water throughout my meal to see if this helps, no joy!

    Any suggestions?

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    • Most artificial sweeteners stimulate a body response similar to sugar and can actually increase food craving as well. Stevia doesn’t. I would suggest weaning yourself off by reducing how much you drink after each meal …half a can…1/4 of a can and then go for none and have a pudding such as yoghurt with berries. All little bit of sugar but limited fructose.


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