You surely remember the last time you were at a family feast and you just couldn´t resist that third (or fourth, or …) helping.
And that cozy but stuffed feeling afterwards, you might even have had to unbutton the top button of your pants to allow your digestion a little more space?
While this in some part is tradition at family meetings and also other festivities, it is not a principle that would lead to a whole state of coziness and wellbeing in the context of your daily life.
Yet, the same practice is applied often during the day-by day.
You could save the leftovers for a meal next day, but the dinner came out exceptionally well, so you take the second plate and then clear the rest also, as it is simply not enough to do anything else useful with it or freeze it for later consumption. And you´re feeling stuffed and regret it.
And that glass of wine/cup of coffee that left a lingering taste in your mouth and that taste awakens the images we have of ourselves being just at the right time at the right place.
And so we take a second glass/cup.
Often after the second (or third) helping.
And so on.
And somehow, we never get better/fitter/more slender.
The vision of abstinence connected with the maintaining of a rigid diet is so imprinted in our (brain-) cells, that subconsciously, we often try to make up for that perceived loss beforehand; before the feared deprivation even starts.
Often, all we practice is this fear and in our attempt to quiet it, we get caught in the very behavior we actually want to leave.
So, what would be the easiest and safest method to do that?
We came up with the C I A O!-Method.
Meaning (besides sounding great with its Italian touch):
C –I –A –O !
Keep (ceep) It At One !
Say “Ciao!” to the second helping (nearly) no matter what.
So, for example, the next time you enjoy a good meal:
Try to really enjoy this one plate that you have in front of you. Try to eat slower, to chew thoroughly and to take time to taste what is in your mouth.
If a short glance at the stove tells you that there is some serious leftover:
Great! You´ll have a superb meal again at any time the next day. This will also save you time and costs for preparing or purchasing a new dish.
It might spark your creativity to enhance the leftovers with fresh herbs or a varied preparation.
But the best thing is: you don´t have to abstain. You have one complete plate of all you like to enjoy.
Same with a glass of wine or coffee.
Both are not suppliers of liquid, they are luxury food. Treat them as such. Enjoy them in the moment. Say “Ciao!” to the urgent need to follow up with a second unit after drowning the first and best do it while being at this first. Respect the stuff you consume.
You might be able to say C I A O! to a lot of things in your life after some practice, not just food.
Figure out what you really enjoy at that moment and try to visualize, if you´d like to keep it at that or if there absolutely has to be a rerun later.
One huge caveat at the end of this short introduction to the C I A O! principle: It might not work with sweets or other products designed to be highly addictive.
While the basic rule applies – take one to enjoy, leave the rest for later or others – if you have a sweet tooth it might actually be easier for you to eat none at all than one which drops you into insanity.
Just speaking out of experience…
So, to keep this text short and essential in the sense of the content: C I A O! for now!