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Do You Let Yourself Get Hungry?

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I posted this on Facebook today and decided to turn it into a Question of the Week:

Letting myself feel real hunger (NOT starving) between meals has been eye opening again. This is a habit I forgot about. I’m snacking less and really focusing on smart choices when I do. #wycwyc

A loooong time ago I posted Hunger is Not an Emergency and honestly, it’s something I forgot about. Since restarting my food journal I’ve reconnected with my hunger and it’s helped me be much more conscious about my choices.

Today those choices were…

  • 5:45 a.m. Sweet potatoes and ham
  • 7 a.m. 2 date cookies my friend from the gym made — SO good!
  • 8:45 a.m. Scramble with 2 eggs, red pepper and bacon bits
  • 10:45 a.m. Carrots and single-serve hummus cup
  • 1:30 p.m. Leftover chicken and oat stew with a bit of the tuna and brown rice we had left from last night’s dinner.
  • 4 p.m. A glass of chocolate almond milk. It was on sale half off… I couldn’t help myself.
  • 6 p.m. Squash soup, avocado Cobb salad (dressing on the side) and a few chips (I shared) — dinner with the kids at Panera
  • 9 p.m. A few crackers and an ounce of cheese

Not bad, right?

How about you? Do you let yourself get hungry? 



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Discussion

There are 15 comments so far.

    Andrea@WellnessNotes

    December 12, 2014

    Yes, I let myself go hungry. It’s easy not to want to feel real hunger. Whenever I let myself feel hunger between meals, I feel a lot better overall because I tend to not overeat (which happens easily when I don’t let myself feel hunger).

      RoniNoone

      December 12, 2014

      I feel better too and when I never feel hunger I do eat more… funny enough.

    Martha Glantz

    December 12, 2014

    Yes, I let myuself get hungry. I have breakfast around 8 and get to the gym around 9:30n or 10. Lots of days I don’t get home til around 11:30 after doing errands and while I’m hujngry know I’ll be eating soon so skipnthe snack. Generally hungry in the afternoon and do like to have a snack so I’m not ravenous for dinner.
    And in the evening if I’m hungry I rarely have something to eat. Hunger as you say is not an emergency; important for me though to pay attention so when I do sit down to eat I don’t lose all control.

      RoniNoone

      December 12, 2014

      I agree.. and in a way it’s the opposite of what some of us have been told when dieting. The advice is always “don’t let yourself get hungry” but the more I think about it the I realize the opposite if true for me. I need to feel the hunger. Then ‘m motivate to fuel myself properly.

      Martha Glantz

      December 12, 2014

      This was very timely today. Got home from the gym at 11 and had to leave to take my bunny in for his well bunny check up and knew I wouldn’t be eating til later. So hungry and grabbed a handful of grapes to tide me over.
      funny the vet and I talked about eating a plant based diet…..like a rabbit!

    Rebecca

    December 12, 2014

    This is interesting. If you don’t let yourself get hungry, then are you just eating by the clock? I let myself get hungry; its my body’s way of telling me to eat!

      RoniNoone

      December 12, 2014

      Yea.. or I just eat to eat.

      rg

      December 13, 2014

      My body seems to like being on a schedule, so if I eat a light breakfast around 8 each day, that’s what it is hungry for. Also, I don’t just eat, I cook. I find that I eat more healthy items if I cook my food before I’m hungry. If I wait, my brain forgets about the salad etc that I was going to make and goes for the fastest carbs. I’m not waiting until I’m starving either. Also touching cutting smelling the food helps make me hungry if I wasn’t already.

    JennieM

    December 12, 2014

    I remember that older post and it resonated with me then…as with most things…I moved away from it. Thanks for the reminder…I am going to give it (hunger) the attention it deserves and see if I can move in that direction again!

      RoniNoone

      December 12, 2014

      The fact the you remember the old post makes me smile. :)

    Amy G.

    December 12, 2014

    I do, but try not to get to the point of “starving”, though sometimes that happens. I tell you what, food tastes SO much better when you’re a little hungry! Mmmm.

      RoniNoone

      December 12, 2014

      OMG so TRUE! Everything does taste better!

    Michele

    December 13, 2014

    I can’t let myself get too hungry because I’m hypoglycemic and if I wait too long to eat, I get really sick. There’s a fine line between hungry and sick for me. I know when I “should” be eating and pretty much follow a schedule for breakfast, lunch and dinner to keep from getting sick. Mindless snacking is the thing I need to keep an eye on because that is just not something I need to be doing.

    Paula

    December 14, 2014

    I have let myself get hungry, especially at night. I find I sleep better when my stomach is not full. I got in that habit when I took you snack free evening challenge. I have been tracking myself again and found that I do more mindless eating when I don’t. I think it is a good thing to feel real hunger to remind ourselves the difference between habit and hunger.

    DocPlansForDieting

    December 14, 2014

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