The 10 Minute Rule & Feeling Satisfied


It’s Thursday!



I melted into my bed Tuesday night. Melted is the best way to describe that feeling of finally getting into your bed and hiding under the covers after doing the bedtime countdown for more minutes (hours) than you want to admit.

There is nothing like that feeling of your body hitting your bed in all of the right places. I know I had the Islanders game on the television but I am pretty sure I was only half conscious as I think I was in a dream state within two minutes. It was glorious.

Talk to me about the “waiting ten minutes for your brain to get the message from your stomach that you are full” thing.

I really try to wait the ten minutes, especially in the morning because I could easily eat endless bowls of oatmeal without coming up for air.


Who said pretty dessert bowls are reserved only for ice cream?

As soon as my bowl is empty, the sadness kicks in because my breakfast was so yummy (even more yummy when it’s the bowl after a run!) so I feel like I want more!

But am I really still hungry? Because if I truly am, I absolutely help myself to more but unfortunately, most of the time, I realize after waiting the ten minutes that I am indeed full.

Yes, this disappoints my taste buds but I guess it means that there is truth to the process of it taking ten minutes for your brain to realize your stomach is full and satisfied.

So get this — I stopped buying PB2.

My peanut butter pantry no longer looks like this picture.


I liked PB2 but didn’t love the price tag OR how it was making me feel overall –> not satisfied!

The fat in peanut butter (which is removed in PB2) is important because it helps us to reach that satisfied level of fullness.

Having PB2 around wasn’t doing anything for me. I wasn’t eating less peanut butter because PB2 was available, I think I was eating more because it left me always wanting more.

I decided to stop buying a PB2 jar every time I went to Target. It couldn’t hurt to save some money and honestly, I have completely forgotten that PB2 was every part of my peanut butter picture.

I do think PB2 has its place and I really like it when blended into banana soft serve but other than that, unless it’s on sale, I am done.

In Fitness Magazine this month, I read that out of all of the apple varieties available, my beloved granny smith apples contain the highest amount of nondigestible compounds, including fiber and antioxidant polyphenols, which promote the growth of “good” gut bacteria which may help decrease inflammation and prevent obesity.

apple with peanut butter

Just another reason to keep my two apple a day habit going strong.

I can’t decide if this picture is blurry or if the color of the shoes combined with the gym floor create some sort of optical illusion.

Under Armour

I wear these Under Armour running shoes when I cross train on the elliptical. They are so super soft, light and flexible, especially on the tops of the feet, that I swear slipping them on makes not just my mouth smile, but my feet too.

But I can’t run in them. Actually, I don’t know if I can because I am afraid to try to run in them.

You know how nuts I am when it comes to my feet and running shoes! I get nervous running in totally different shoes, especially right now when most of my runs on the treadmill. Maybe once I am running outdoors again on a regular basis I will give them a chance.

I did get to run outside yesterday though!

after run

That’s me in my hallway mirror, just coming in from a cold eight miles. It felt great to be out in the sunshine!

I can’t stop taking pictures in that mirror by the way. I recently moved the mirror to the hallway from where it used to hang so every time I walk past it and I am holding my phone, I snap a picture.

And because you want to know what I had for dinner last night:

vegetable pizza

Two slices of vegetable pizza.

You only see one slice because I ordered them one at a time, applying the ten minute rule here just like at breakfast but who are we kidding? Once I finished the last bite, I went up to order my next slice.

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So, do you wait the ten minutes or do you immediately go back for more?

How do you feel about PB2?

Which running shoes are currently your favorite?







Author: The Cookie ChRUNicles

Hi! I'm Meredith. Join me while I run and cook my way through single motherhood. It is always an adventure trying to teach my 12 year old son the benefits of an active lifestyle combined with healthy eating while of course, still leaving room for dessert.

22 thoughts on “The 10 Minute Rule & Feeling Satisfied”

  1. I hate the 10 minute rule, but I do believe there is truth to it. I actually have never tried PB2 but it sounds like I would prefer the real stuff. My favorite running shoes are still the PureFlows…they’ve been my #1 for 2 years now:)

  2. I do wait 10 minutes and make my kids do the same! Otherwise they’d eat snack after snack. I think it’s so natural to want to keep eating something that tastes good because I see it in my kids every day. The best part about the 10 minute rule is that after 10 minutes, you can just keep eating if you’re still hungry 🙂 I actually don’t even know what PB2 is! Haven’t been paying attention.

    1. I try to have my son wait the ten minutes too! Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. PB2 is a powdered peanut butter. You mix it with water and it’s a much lighter version, 45 calories for two tablespoons and like a gram or so of fat. I liked it, but it wasn’t satisfying. It’s really good though when mixed in oatmeal, mixed with regular peanut butter or blended in shakes/banana soft serve.

  3. I tried a similar version to PB2 that I found at Trader Joe’s one time (forget what they called it) and had the same reaction as you did. I’m a HUGE peanut butter (really any nut butter) fan and I just didn’t find the powdered version to provide nearly as much satiety. I’d rather have the fat and full flavor of the regular version. BTW…love your pink shoes! I got a similar pair of crosstrainers from Asics recently but sadly had to return them as they made my toes go numb. Not an issue with the shoes…more an issue with my crazy feet. 🙂 Have a great day!

    1. At least I am not alone with the crazy feet! I wore Asics for a while but they bothered the tops of my feet very often that I finally switched to Adidas Energy Boosts well over a year ago and absolutely love them.

  4. Haha you’re my hero. I go back for seconds on things too (especially pizza, although usually I just order two from the beginning). I’m not about the 10 minute rule. I eat dinner and immediately reach for dessert. Not even sorry about it. Until later… when I’m too full to move… then I’m sorry haha

    The PB2 stuff kind of scares me to be honest. Not that I like peanut butter, but the whole point of peanut butter is that it’s high in good fats, and when you take that out, all that’s left is essentially chemicals. Or at least that’s what I’d imagine is left… I wouldn’t know I guess.

  5. I haven’t heard the 10 minute rule before…I will have to try it, hard as it sounds! I’ve never tried PB2, mostly because I could never get hubby to agree to spend the $$. We’re on a very limited budget since he retired.
    I’m a Brooks girl for running shoes! I am on my 2nd pair 🙂

  6. I have never heard of PB2! We don’t have a lot of that type of stuff up in Canada. My favourite running shoes have been Asics Nimbus for about 5 years and before that it was Saucony Rides.

  7. I love this! I tell myself all the time I need to do this but sometime the craving for wanting more wins out before my stomach can really tell if it is full or not. I find when I am around others I do a better job at this but when I am by myself there is no telling.

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