How Much is Too Much?

Vacation, holiday time, family get togethers and the pressure of friends sends us into a binge mode sometimes. In case somebody has a great tuning in to their bodies and on an average are good clean eaters and understand when they are hungry, satisfied or stuffed with food, I would think it is difficult to lose track of the same……but…that’s not always so.
Even the best of us give in to the senses and zone out from our bodies sometimes. What is the limit to how much can we eat really?
It’s amazing how well adjusted our bodies become to what we put in it. Considering what the long term effects are of bad eating habits, it’s a wonder how it just doesn’t show up in any dramatic way early on….although there could be signs…such as bloating, acidity, gas, generally feeling sick. Sometimes the toxins from bad eating and even just eating cooked food can result in certain chronic dis-eases. It’s just sad that we can’t see it earlier. That’s what tuning in to our bodies is all about. A mind body connection cannot be underrated in any way. It’s just simpler to be that way. How many times would you have not really been hungry but eating because it seems there is just nothing better to do- pressure from friends and family or simply on a holiday.
Drinking alcohol and stuffing up because there is great food around or just what we think is great food is an insecurity of food, would you think? According to some , great food is heavy, rich and simply tasty food. Whereas, great food is supposed to be light on the stomach , nutritious , fuel for the body, almost medicinal in nature making us feel rather rejuvenated and not sleepy after downing it. From what I have learnt, eating linked to emotions is typically a pattern and can be reversed.
A lot of people ask me ‘ how much to eat? ‘ . Really, that depends on ones’s own body weight and hunger levels. That’s all. There is no connection to social or emotional eating to the amount of food we intake. More than usual, it is just a small amount, smaller than what we all are used to and as we age more, smaller amounts (calorie restriction) works wonders on anti aging effects.
It’s a good idea to check out the quantity of food on our plates before we start eating….gives us a reference point and more often than not…it is going to surprise us! Second serves are not a good idea…..and then we wonder about (not) being in shape! Gratitude towards our Source and ‘checking out’ the quantity of our foods before we dig in our plates is therefore a great way to understand and be in touch with our bodies. Usually, to have a great appetite works well with clean eating but eating in moderation is important if we are indulging for taste. Doing so ( eating junk in moderation) regularly may not give us the nutrition we need, so it’s just simpler to eat (small portions) junk only occasionally.
The size of our stomachs is about the size of our palms but how many of us eat just that much? To eat nutritionally dense foods is a necessity. Worthless calories will lead to not just obesity but dis-eases as well.
Abundance of foods these days and more importantly, abundance of refined flours, sugar and alcohol have led to imbalanced diets. It’s best to use our judgements on the quantities we consume with careful considerations till it becomes a habit. In a nut shell, eat good food well, eat junk less or not at all. Use your eyes to check the quantity and quality of food that you serve yourself. It is a very physical exercise towards awareness and works well to keep things in check. Last but not the least, knowing when we are full is a start. 🙂

About Shaloo Dogra

Shaloo Dogra is a wellness coach and director at Epicurean Hospitality Services Pvt. Ltd. in Gurgaon, India. She has been part of the hospitality industry for almost 20 years providing food solutions to industries, institutions and for events. She is dedicated to structured consultation for individuals for fitness, nutrition, intermediate level yoga and meditation. For more on this, please see her website: She is married to Rajat Dogra and has two wonderful boys aged 16 and 13.
This entry was posted in Nutrition and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to How Much is Too Much?

  1. Excellant. We were waiting for such anice blog on food and eating habits. Thanx

  2. RYV says:

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and informative post!

  3. IM says:

    Very informative. Thanks!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *