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When was the last time you were hungry?

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Weekly QuestionThis may sound like a stupid question, but really think about it. When was the last you felt physical hunger? An empty hollow feeling? Your stomach growling?

I’m not saying hunger is a good or a bad thing. I just want us to think about it.

For me there is a correlation between hunger and mood, and not in the way you may be thinking. Of course when I’m hungry I am a pissy bitch.

Seriously.

I am.

Ask the husband. He’ll tell you all about it. ;)

But that’s not what I want to talk about. I want to to focus on how I handle my hunger and how it makes me feel afterward.

My hunger falls into 3 camps.

  1. There are days I never feel hungry. Why? Because I eat ALL day. A nibble here and a taste there. A handful of pretzels on my way out the door, a cookie on my way to bed. I just don’t stop, even though I hate how I feel.
  2. There are days I let myself get too hungry and then I totally pig out. Nothing seems to satisfy me, yet I keep trying and trying and TRYING. After the binge, I feel completely… well, like this.
  3. Finally there are days when I let myself feel hunger and then simply satisfy it. SATISFY it. Not stuff my face. Not eat continuously so I don’t get hungry again, but eat a small, well balanced meal/snack and move on. When I get hungry again I eat another satisfying snack, and so on and so forth.

My goal is the last one, of course. I’m happy to say I’ve been there these last 2 days and I’ve let myself feel hunger without getting too hungry. That’s seems to be the ticket for me.

How about you? When was the last time you were hungry?

Here’s today’s journal. (Well, yesterday’s. I’m running a little late.)

Food Notes
Uncle Sams with almond milk and blueberries The Little Guy has me on a cereal kick.
Chickpea and Tomato Salad with Fresh Basil Finished up the leftovers. REALLY have to make this again!
some of the husbands fries Long story. He wanted to go out to lunch, I decided against it but his fries were just too tempting
McDs Ice Cream cone Again.. HUSBAND but I must admit, it was a yummy snack.
Grilled Chicken and roasted veggies on the grill AWESOME dinner. I roasted broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots on the grill. DELISCIOUS!
Dark Chocolate Pomegranate VitaTop craving something sweet after dinner
Activity
2.5 Mile run.. no stopping!
Water/Vitamins
meh


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Discussion

There are 25 comments so far.

    Amanda

    June 22, 2011

    I usually on feel the stomach growl hunger in the mornings but then like you, I go on about the day eating small meals or snacks throughout the day so I don’t feel FAMISHED. I like it that way. I don’t like to feel famished.

    Brandi

    June 22, 2011

    This morning!! I had a cliff bar before I taught bootcamp, and now a couple hours later I’m starting to feel that all-to-familiar twinge in my tummy.

    Better go find a snack soon!!

    Tara

    June 22, 2011

    My stomach never growls.. is that weird? I can feel nauseous I am so hungry, but my tummy doesn’t growl. It has been awhile! I seem to lack balance in my workout and eating. I workout great and then my eating seems to get worse. I eat great and then I don’t work out. I also am a total and utter bitch when I am hungry. Seriously, when I am cranky everyone thinks about when the last time I ate was.

    Eileen

    June 22, 2011

    I’ve really really been struggling with hunger and mood since I realized that the only time I argue with my husband is when I am hungry. I HAVE to eat every couple of hours or I feel awful. I am hoping that once I get on metformin, my body will be able to better process the sugar that I eat so I won’t feel so awful when my blood sugar is low

    Karen@WaistingTime

    June 22, 2011

    Oh I get so grouchy when I am hungry! Look out! But, I don’t let that happen often. Actually, part of my eating issue is that I rarely let myself get hungry at all. For me though, I am hungry now, for breakfast, and after my morning workout I will feel true hunger for lunch. But later in the day… nope.

    Missy

    June 22, 2011

    I’m totally not answering your question here, because I tend to fall unto #1 and 2… Have never mastered the art of #3. But wanted to say, I had that exact same combination if grilled veggies twice this week… FANTASTIC! I’m a bit obsessed :-)

    Sandra

    June 22, 2011

    The last time I felt true hunger, which I ignored, was last night. Yesterday, I started to get back on track with healthier choices. I’ve always thought that counting calories was a pain, but I decided to try it and really do it in a more accurate way (Roni, one of your smoothie videos inspired me to use my food scale more to get better visuals and accurate measurements of just what really is the serving size). I had the laptop open all day looking up calorie counts and I measured everything either with spoons/cups or in grams on the food scale. I feel that 1200 calories, even when you’re not exercising, is just too ridiculous a number to meet, so I decided on a goal of 1400-1500 calories a day. After making smarter choices all day and eating at fairly regular intervals, I ended the day with 1450 calories and hunger in my belly. I decided to go to bed at a decent time because if I’d stayed on the couch, I would have eventually found myself at the fridge or cupboard. I am glad that I made that decision. I was hungry, and I didn’t die, and life didn’t get any worse or better, it just was. It’s okay to feel hungry, because as you said, there are days, even weeks, when I wouldn’t have even been able to tel you what hungry feels like because of all the food I’d stuffed in my mouth!

    Karen

    June 22, 2011

    You know, this is a great question. When I’m healthy and exercising consistently and eating well, I feel hunger consistently. It’s my cue for when to eat. When I’m binge-y and unhealthily eating, I rarely if ever feel actual hunger.

    roni

    June 22, 2011

    Sandra – I have also gone to bed hungry and I feel the same way. It’s ok to feel it now and then. We need to be reminded what is actually FEELS like.

    Cindy

    June 22, 2011

    I am in serious agreement with Karen above ^ I wish I could eat well and not feel obligated to exercise, or vice versa, but I really have discovered that I cant do one or the other, I HAVE to do both or I won’t do anything at all. Exercise and Eating well allows me to feel hungry without feeling panicky – but if I’m on a binge streak – I never feel hungry and i freak out about being hungry. Crazy mind tricks….

    Marissa

    June 22, 2011

    I can identify with each of those! I’m usually grazing in our pantry and I’ve started to tell myself to just turn around and walk out. If I’m between meals and standing in my pantry trying to figure out what to eat next then I’m usually in there for some other reason. A reason that will not be satisfied with food. I will say that on those days that I’m hungry all day it usually goes hand in hand with no sleep or cranky baby ( I’m a SAHM with a 7yrold and a 7 month old).
    I have gone to bed hungry, but I really don’t think it hunger to be honest. I’m not feeling the growling stomach, it’s more of a restlessness. In all those times I never woke up regretting that decision;-)
    You are doing great Roni! I’ve also been eating the Uncle Sam’s cereal with a chopped banana and it really does keep me full till lunch!! Thanks for the recommendation!

    Jeannie

    June 22, 2011

    I get the same way too. Boy am I impatient and a b**ch when I let myself get too hungry and then I have the most intense cravings. Other times, I will snack all day long and never feel hungry, wondering what the heck I was doing. I definitely try to strive for number 3. Evenly spaces meals and snacks that are small but satisfying and at least allowing myself to feel some hunger before I eat so I know I am truly hungry not just eating to satisfy something else.

    Lisa

    June 22, 2011

    This is a great topic because I’m one of those people that feel that hunger is an “emergency” and I MUST eat asap! I’m trying to get over that. But my metabolism seems pretty high because I process food quickly and have true, real hunger pains often. I try to eat something small every few hours to prevent that.

    Tami@nutmegnotebook

    June 22, 2011

    There is a fine line for me with hunger. I am hypoglycemic which is abnormally low blood sugar so if I let myself get too hungry I become ravenous and want to stuff myself!

    I read where Bob Green says if you have that little bit of hunger in your belly at bedtime and you don’t feed it, your body will use your extra fat to satisfy it. I think about that when I get that little hunger pang!

    Laura of Lauralovinglife

    June 22, 2011

    My goal every day is to allow myself to get just a little bit hungry throughout the day. I eat a small breakfast; wait; get hungry; have a snack; wait; get hungry; have small lunch; wait; snack; then BAM! Dinnertime usually screws it up for me. My husband cooks, and he cooks VERY well. I usually “save up” for dinner, but I usually go overboard when I get there.

    Last time my stomach growled was this weekend, a few hours after working out, drinking water, and having a small breakfast. It’s nice to know you’re ready for lunch because you earned it.

    Paula

    June 22, 2011

    I have days when I am satisfied & stick to my diet and exercise plan but there are days that the same plan does not work and I am starving. I don’t know what the heck it is. Lately I have been hungry most afternoons. I think it might be thirst as it can come disguised as hunger. Like you, I am striving to be #3.

    Tammy

    June 22, 2011

    I saw that you took a before photo a few months ago, have you done anymore since you have been losing? Love your blog. :)

    bee@campbellssoup

    June 22, 2011

    I try to eat little snacks during the day. Hopefully healthy snacks !
    If i don’t i end up eating a very big supper, and usually feel bad and uncomfortable at night trying to sleep.

    I sleep so much better with just a little in my stomach!

    Eric

    June 22, 2011

    I haven’t been really hungry in about two and half years. That was when I began being very careful to eat three full balanced meals a day and nothing in between. I also make sure to eat those three meals at about the same time every day. My body got in tune to this after a few weeks of it. I stopped needing to eat before I went to bed, I have an appetite at mealtimes and that’s about it. The body is such an amazing and intelligent thing. What had screwed me up was all the chaotic eating and junk food intake. Now it seems my system anticipates being fed because it trusts my schedule so doesn’t send my brain the hunger signals. Hope that makes sense.

    Niecy

    June 22, 2011

    I, too, can identify with all three. They are right on and I am normally on #1 or #2. I have definitely not conquered #3 yet, but am working towards it.

    The last time I felt hungry was yesterday. I woke up earlier than normal because I had an appt at the gym. (Being a teacher on summer break allows me to sleep in a little right now, but I am finding that I don’t need to do that as much as in the past.) I had a light breakfast – can’t even remember what it was but I am on WW and is was a lower point one – went to the gym, exercised (just joined), went shopping for a new fridge, and then got home. It was about 11:00 and I had a twinge of hunger. I ate, but not a lot, just enough. It was nice.

    However, just now, after not feeling too well all day, I decided to eat some of the dinner my husband made (he cooks WW often for the family and enjoys it). It was slightly cold, but I did not even bother to heat it up. Hey, I hadn’t eaten dinner and needed to do that!! I had a little and it was okay, but not real satisfying. I then went to the fridge to find something that might be. I ended up eating a cheese stick and a Weight Watchers ice cream bar, neither being awful choices. The point is that I wasn’t hungry, even for dinner. I just felt I should eat. I guess I wanted to eat. Why? I’m not sure. I haven’t processed that yet, but I am well aware of what I did. That has to be a step in the right direction, no?

    Lesa

    June 23, 2011

    One word: HANGRY……..LOL!! That’s what I call it because if I get truly hungry, the anger comes; thus the term I use is HANGRY! :)

    Liz

    June 23, 2011

    I used to think I just had a “blood sugar issue” and would have intense feelings of hunger and feel like I had to satisfy them immediately. Lately I’m realizing that maybe my hunger and “blood sugar issue” was a combination of how I am physically with some psychological pieces, too. I’m intentionally working on getting more comfortable with hunger.

    Jacqui

    June 24, 2011

    I think I have lost sight of what it feels like to be physically hungry in the most basic sense. I pretty much am never really that hungry, because I eat something every couple of hours. Sometimes in a good way, and sometimes in a compulsive way. But I can tell you, I am “hungry” (note the quotation marks) when I’m stressed out at work, when I’m sad because my kids are at their dad’s house, when I’m scared that I’ll never find a better job, and when I’m missing my toddler while I’m at work. And those just name a few. I love your blog.

    Francisco noperi

    June 27, 2011

    The last time i felt hungry was today at 230p. i get hungry first thing in the morning, and 2-3pm.

    Patty

    July 3, 2011

    A very good question I will spend the next few days, weeks, and months trying to figure out. Right now I tell myself, “there is nothing you can’t eat again later.” That helps control that urge to eat everything b/c its there.