Monday, June 19, 2006

Hunger Pains

Ever think about your first thought following a hunger pang?

I can’t be hungry—I just ate.
I shouldn’t have any more calories today.
Fuck.

How about your first feeling?

Worry.
Anger.
Despair.

I invite you to experiment with honoring your hunger. This is your body working as it was designed to do, and this is you, receiving a message.

I may have eaten recently, but I guess I could use something else.
Rather than counting calories, I’m going to try to attend to my body’s signals and have that be my eating guide.
Woo-hoo!


It’s likely that you’ll eat more frequently throughout the day. It’s also likely that you’ll begin to eat less on each occasion. Because, with each “woo-hoo” experience, you’re learning to respect your hunger, which teaches you, among other things, how to respect your satiety.

5 comments:

annie said...

I think your body is so smart as to what it requires that sometimes you eat but your body knows it's still lacking some type of nourishment. I think the hungry feeling is coming from insufficient body fuel. For example, people on low-carb diets are often hungry shortly after they've eaten because their bodies are signaling them that they are short on carbs. A variety of foods seems to work better for feeling satisfied (and less restricted).

Haley-O said...

I love the "woo-hoo" part of the process.... :)

ps22 said...

Too true! Its funny...i can be obsessive in the other direction at times. The other day, I was in a meeting and I started to feel very hungry. I was worried because I knew the meeting was going to last awhile, and it'd be some time before i could get something to eat. I kept thinking "if i don't eat soon, my body is going to start to eat at my hard-earned muscle!"

PalmTreeChick said...

Does the mall make anyone else starving?? ;)

I all of a sudden get starving and am like "I need to eat NOW!!"

Shaunta said...

I've been trying hard to do this. And when I write about it in my blog, I feel like I have to appologize to the dieters out there. Like my saying that I don't want to diet, I don't want to be a Weight Watcher, is somehow offensive to my readers who do and are. I feel like I'm hurting someones feelings by not doing what nearly every woman I come in contact with is doing.