Tuesday, January 19, 2010
For years I was afraid to experience the pangs of hunger. I no longer remember the reason why I had developed such an aversion but it was very real to me. The very thought of hunger brought on thoughts of extended deprivation and images of victims of true famines. I have since learned, after many ,many years of denial, that I really won't starve and that feeling hungry was actual a positive signal and not nearly as painful as I imagined. So now as I make my way along my wellness journey, I try to let myself experience those little pangs in the full knowledge that they are easily quailed and that I won't come to my imaged harm before I can satisfy and quell the pangs. I now am learning to make and eat smaller meals and to use snacking when the need arises. I also am still in the process of learning what should constitute my snacks and how to be nutritional aware. I don't consider any food forbidden but I do ask myself if it really is food or is it nutritional junk and what can I substitute that will have similar texture and taste yet be a healthier choice. I don't always make rational choices but at least I'm more aware of what I'm doing and the consequences and therefore I feel I'm making better choices so I can attain my long term goals.
I saw this advise some where while surfing Spark "My advice to overweight people who are never hungry is to actually let yourself experience hunger once in a while. Doing so will help you to deal with it the way naturally thin people do. " I think it is sound advise and I'm giving a try as it confirms my own experiences and personal discovery.