From habit, I still eat meals sized for a 25-year-old man. But lately I’ve found that being full takes such a toll on me. I sit for an hour after dinner, eyes heavy as all energy is funneled toward digestion. It’s as if I get full at the drop of a hat, and it takes forever to become un-full again.
I remember years ago in a pranayama yoga class learning from an Indian yogi about an expression that translates something like, “When done eating, your belly should be half full of food, a quarter full of water, and a quarter full of nothing at all.” I am taking this as my new maxim. No more eating to fullness. There’s such a fine line between fullness and gluttony, and it’s really not necessary, especially for those of us with sedentary jobs.