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Savouring Hunger

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Judith S. Beck tells us that "hunger is not an emergency".

And: I have to keep reminding myself of that. Hunger is normal. Thin people experience hunger every day. Hunger is a biological motivation to perform the high-energy activities that used to be necessary to obtain those essential nutrients: chasing down protein and fat, cultivating grains for carbohydrates, trekking miles for salt . . . all of that. Hunger is a good thing. It deserves to be savoured, not immediately satisfied in a panic of binge eating before it's even fully experienced..

One technique I'm trying to cultivate: thinking of hunger as actually a positive sensation.

I hate feeling over-full: and that means eating only until I'm not hungry. And stopping.

But if I can think of hunger as a positive signal that I'm going to enjoy my next meal more, then I can actually savour hunger.

There's too much commercially-driven focus on "savouring the flavour". Encouraging us to think about what we want to eat next. Encouraging us to seek out new intense "flavour sensations" that will be available "for a limited time only": all of that.

Savouring hunger? A radical thought, maybe.

But I'm going to pay attention to this possibility. Welcoming hunger, enjoying hunger, waiting until my next scheduled meal: all of that lets me know that I'm eating on track. Appropriately.

  
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BSTAKINGACTION 2/22/2012 8:37PM

    Love this!

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BRIGHTSPARK7 2/16/2012 10:55PM

    Great blog Ellen! I was thinking about this today. Love the synchronicity.

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DDOORN 2/16/2012 10:14PM

    Makes BOATLOADS of sense!

Of course we are swimming upstream against corporate commodification of "antidotes" to hunger: There's no money to be made from savvy consumers who learn to savor, nurture and respect our hunger!

Have to tweak my choices to get down to "hunger"...like a dimmer dial. Not too much, but just enough...

Don

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DBCLARINET 2/16/2012 9:24PM

    I absolutely LOATHE all those commercials about "flavor sensations" or women locking themselves in dark offices to have a "moment" with their chocolate. It makes me want to scream -- is our society really full of such slaves to gluttony? Then it makes me loathe it when I catch that fault in myself. I'm not perfect, but I know I don't want to be that woman in the office with her lights off and a piece of fat-free Snackwell's or whatever because that's the escape I need from the world.

Sometimes I am.

But, I echo what 4A-Healthy-BMI said: I LOVE being hungry in the morning! Breakfast is my favorite meal, and when I'm not really hungry for it, I'm honestly disappointed. It's when I don't eat enough breakfast or enough lunch and end up cranky at dinner that I know I overdid it.

Savouring hunger... That's a new one. I like it! I think I'm hungry now, although I'm not (I'm just a bit stressed from studying again). So, I think I'll savour the emptiness in my stomach and enjoy waking up tomorrow, ready for an awesome bowl of oatmeal and berries!

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LISALGB 2/16/2012 6:58PM

    Excellent!! You really have the right idea here!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/16/2012 5:52PM

    A certain amount of hunger at the right time is fine. If I get too much of it while I'm anxious or distracted and there happens to be food around, then it's a recipe for a potential binge.

So I try to manage the hunger by getting plenty of protein and fiber and fat and staying hydrated.

I actually appreciate hunger in the morning. When I'm ravenous for breakfast I know I'm just eating just about right. When I'm not ravenous for breakfast that usually means I'm eating too much and the scale will start posting gains...

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VALERIEMAHA 2/16/2012 4:12PM

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Wish you didn't make so damned much sense, Ellen! Oh, and good read, that "Physics Diet" article, thanks SALSIFY.
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I'm recovering from a binge yesterday, so I'm not in good shape at the moment.
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WHOVIANGIRL23 2/16/2012 3:41PM

    Great blog. I have also learned to appreciate hunger, as well as realize when it is real, and when it is not (ie. Emotional or boredom).

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CRYSTALJEM 2/16/2012 3:38PM

    You're pretty smart. I like radical. Savour hunger. Going to try that. Thanks.

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WHOVIANGIRL23 2/16/2012 3:37PM

    Great blog. I have also learned to appreciate hunger, as well as realize when it is real, and when it is not (ie. Emotional or boredom).

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SALSIFY 2/16/2012 2:31PM

    This reminds me of one of my favourite weight loss articles called 'The Physics Diet'. Talking about hunger, the author quotes from the film Lawrence of Arabia: 'the trick is not minding that it hurts'.

Hunger isn't bad for me, I've got more than enough fat to keep me going - it's minding that I'm hungry which is the problem & one that I'm always working on to varying degrees of success. Loving your 'hunger' blogs!

http://www.technology
review.com/energy/13384/page1/

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DANCINGGARDENER 2/16/2012 2:15PM

    How it is not all that hard to ignore a pain for a very long time if I am distracted or even if I'm just too lazy to do something about it?

I can ignore hours of squinting because the sun is so bright. I can even ignore the burn of 100 squats and push through it to do 50 more... but fear so horribly even MAYBE being hungry? Why do I crumble before it like in no other sensation?

Maybe hunger needs a better publicist...

Hunger, this is how thin feels
Hunger, the edginess of a whetted appetite
Hunger, a little bit makes everything taste better.
Hunger, that tingle that strengthens your willpower muscle.

(great blog as usual)


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TRYINGHARD1948 2/16/2012 2:06PM

    Understanding what hunger is gives us power over our actions.

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ROSEWAND 2/16/2012 1:22PM

    I am always amazed that people are so motivated
to avoid hunger when dieting. To me, it feels like
success..

Hunger is the cue to eat again. It builds anticipation
or our coming meal. Our digestive enzymes start to
perk up. It is the signal that our hormones, insulin,
leptin, and grhelin, that are affected by food are
are in harmony.

Hunger is not starving. It is a manageable feeling.
I have found that by avoided highly processed foods
I have much more control of when I eat.

The only caveat in using hunger to our benefit
is to know what you will eat at the next meal.
Making food decisions when we are hungry can
be tricky.

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TIFFANIE150 2/16/2012 10:44AM

    Good one!


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PHEBESS 2/16/2012 10:36AM

    I look forward to your thoughts on this experiment!!!!

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FREELADY 2/16/2012 9:38AM

    Once again you spur my thinking and evaluation. You're just not going to leave us any chance for boredom or apathy, are you?!
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NANCY- 2/16/2012 9:03AM

    There is so much more to life than eating... hunger tells us to eat when we are busy doing other things.
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KALIGIRL 2/16/2012 8:35AM

    Radical indeed - love the idea - listening to the body is good.

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/16/2012 7:52AM

    I have good childhood memories associated hunger with holidays and feasting... deprivation to lead to the big meal... like Easter or Thanksgiving. But every day hunger, leading to a meal that satisfies... is something we can appreciate regularly!

Thanks for this insightful blog!

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Eating Just Until I'm Not Hungry

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

This seems to be key.

Not eating until I'm "full". What an unpleasant sensation that is.

Just eating until I'm not hungry any more.

I get it. I see the light!

And: am enjoying my Valentine's Day gift from DH: an antique desk lamp for my new office. It's lovely!

  
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LISALGB 2/16/2012 6:56PM

    Oh, I hate that feeling of being stuffed!! You are so right on that - eat until you are not hungry anymore. Putting my fork down between bites and taking my time when I eat really helps me determine when I reach that point.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/16/2012 5:55PM

    I've heard it works for some people. If you're one of them, that's awesome!

It's hard for me know know when I've had enough. I can stop sooner, but unless I get at least 250-300 calories for one of my mini-meals, I'm likely to be annoyed by persistent pangs while I'm trying to focus on other things.

So I rely on my tracker.

Because of the tracker I almost never get to the point where I feel overstuffed, anyway (unless I've had a lot of bulky veggies), so I guess that's not a consideration in my case.

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KANOE10 2/16/2012 8:07AM

    You are right! That stuffed feeling leads you to feeling fat and then eating more.
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TRYINGHARD1948 2/16/2012 2:52AM

    You are doing it! emoticon

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BRIGHTSPARK7 2/15/2012 10:11PM

    Love this diatinction! Thank you!

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_LINDA 2/15/2012 8:55PM

    Yes, that overstuffed feeling is horrible..I need to really slow down my eating. That is my biggest fault -rushing through so that I am past that 'satified' feeling. 20 minutes it takes. I have been known to scarf my meals in ten or less -no wonder I was always snacking later (and still fall victim to this on occasion!
Good lucj with it!
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MEADSBAY 2/15/2012 8:32PM

    I HATE feeling full!
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CRYSTALJEM 2/15/2012 7:36PM

    Brilliant! The lamp sounds lovely. I like antiques the best. Have a great evening. CJ

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TRAVELGRRL 2/15/2012 7:08PM

    Way to go!!

But do you have to worry about not eating ENOUGH?

I feel like an idiot but I seem to have gone from one extreme to another!

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PHEBESS 2/15/2012 7:06PM

    Yeah, it's difficult, especially when whatever you're eating is good. That's when I have trouble stopping!

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FREELADY 2/15/2012 7:02PM

    Ohhh, I agree with you 100 o/o.

My compliance is not as consistent. Building that habit, a la Judith Beck.

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JENMAGS 2/15/2012 6:55PM

    You got it!!! emoticon

Haha...that's a great thing to think about when eating!

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Hunters, Gatherers and Venus Photoshopped!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

As paleolithic and neolithic hunters and gatherers and early farmers, we evolved to be hungry part of the time at least. Hunger was what motivated us to exert the energy necessary to obtain the nutritional requirements essential to our survival. So: not only is hunger not an emergency. Being hungry is biologically normal. And what are we most hungry for? The foods that required the greatest effort to obtain when we were hunters and gatherers and farmers.

Fat: it took a lot of energy to chase down the mastodons! Obtain whale blubber!
Protein: ditto, with every other animal protein source: trapping wild pigs, spearing salmon . . .
Sweets: climbing trees, fending off angry bees . . .
Salts: miles of travelling to the ocean where salt had precipitated and could be gathered and hoarded as the precious substance it was.
Carbs: gathering seeds, ploughing, planting, harvesting, winnowing, grinding, baking . . .

The exercise necessary to acquire these highly-craved nutrients pretty much offset the calories that they contained.

We still need all of these nutrients to survive . . . but we're programmed to crave 'em way too much because earlier in our evolutionary history it required so much energy to obtain 'em.

And now: not so much energy is required. All of these nutrients are so readily available, cheaply at that. Fat and protein in burgers and fries from the drive through (duh, don't even have to get out of the car!!) . Salt and sugar and carbs in the snack food aisle. All of the above in the prefab meals in the freezer. Throw 'em in the cart!! Wheel it out to the car! Drive it home and microwave it!!

But . . . . .although I don't have to grow 'em for myself, those veggies would require some washing and peeling and maybe cooking. Soups and salads take work. Fruits too. Even chewing 'em would be a little more work. All that effort just to satisfy our rational knowledge about what we should eat?? But -- that's intellectual knowledge, logic. Less powerful by far than the biologically- driven craving for fat, salt and sugar.

On top of that, we're surrounded every day with thousands of cues to eat to excess what we are biologically programmed to crave: commercial advertising (TV, computer, even on SparkPeople), billboards.

"What would I like to eat?" Hmmm. As I'm leaning into the fridge. I'd like to eat what I'm biologically programmed to eat, of course. So: not a good question.

What do I need to eat? Vitamins, minerals, some carbs, some fat, some protein. Within my calorie range. To meet my pre-planned rational decision as to my nutritional needs.
This would be a better question probably. But it's less firmly located in that ol' limbic brain of mine. In fact, not there at all.

It's not so long ago that slimness was associated with poverty. Take a look at these famous Venus paintings. Pretty chunky, weren't they? And now they've been photoshopped to contemporary fashion in body shape by Anna Utopia Giordano:

www.huffingtonpost.com/emma-gray/ven
us-nudes-photoshopped-anna-utopia-gior
dano_b_1263398.html#s674011&title=Haye
zs_Venus


Our ideal of beauty has changed: our biology, not so much.

  
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CRYSTALJEM 2/13/2012 5:48PM

    You know, you really twisted my brain again. Could it be that we would feel less hungry, experience fewer cravings if we actually did more of our hunting and gathering? Could the very experience of doing so satisfy our hunger in a more complete way?

I have actually noticed that I became even more congnizant of waste and appreciating the actual plant and animal behind my meals when we started planting, harvesting and yes raising and butchering our own meat (well at least some of it anyway). Now I wonder if I went 99.9% off grid food wise, would I automatically become healthier and more sated than if I do the healthy bit by buying it. I don't mean truly hunting and gathering, but growing and harvesting as much on your own as you possibly can.

Now I need to go to my thoughtful spot and "think, think, think."

Thanks, Thanks Thanks! Great blog. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. Have a great day beautiful emoticon

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NANCY- 2/13/2012 8:46AM

    You are so right, our environment has changed: not our biology.
I agree with Don we need "photoshop" our taste buds for today's needs.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/13/2012 12:50AM

    I disagree with that column about the photoshopped paintings. The subjects in the new versions are not "ultra skinny." I think they look just fine. Athletic, even. And frankly I'd prefer to look more like them than the originals. And actually for some of them, I think I kind of do - at least compared with where I came from. My own stomach is flatter, and my thighs are smaller. I have a higher strength to weight ratio. And I prefer it that way.

The originals probably reflected the physical reality of Renaissance ladies of leisure who did not exert themselves and had an abundance of food, and were not athletic. I don't want that for myself.

However I would NOT want to look like any actual real, live runway models, or Callista Flockhart, or Nicole Richie. They don't have any muscles at all. I don't think any of them could survive a class III or higher run down a river. LOL

I would like to look more like the women in these photos:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge_public_journal_individual.as
p?blog_id=4158088

Scratch that. I would prefer to be able to DO the things the women in those photos can do. LOL

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DDOORN 2/12/2012 11:36PM

    How times have changed...! Now: the challenge is to morph or "photoshop" our taste buds to accommodate these changes...!

Don

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PHEBESS 2/12/2012 5:42PM

    I look like the originals, LOL - I'm glad to be in such good company!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/12/2012 5:17PM

    A very interesting and thought-provoking blog! I enjoyed everyone's comments too.

I don't know what her reason was for photo-shopping the classics, but I think it's a shame because the originals are beautiful, and epitomize womanhood so much more than the negative size 0's of today.

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FRACTALMYTH 2/12/2012 5:08PM

    Another thing to consider is the way we process or rather overprocess the foods these days. Grains are now refined to the point where they are nothing but pure starch - and cereal starch takes a lot longer for the body to deal with than vegetable starch and ends up fermenting in your gut. Even wholegrains are soaked, roasted and adulterated with preservatives - forget working to collect and prepare them - you no longer even have to work at digesting them!!! When I saw my endocrinologist last week, his advice was - if at all possible - to go wrapping-free - not to purchase anything in a package!!! I am heading in that direction as much as possible, and when not, I try to stick to these rules - nothing in the ingredients that my grandma wouldn't recognise immediately, and 5 ingredients or less. Makes shopping an interesting experience, but I am certainly not suffering as a result!!!

With the photoshopped paintings - my comment would be that neither version looks healthy, and for me it is because the original subjects lacked muscle tone, and while photoshopping could trim down the fat, it could not effectively add muscles under the skin - so for me they go from one unhealthy extreme to the other, and neither is particularly attractive.

I am keenly aware of food at the moment, as 30 minutes after I eat - no matter how healthily - I suddenly have somersaults going wild in my abdomen. Thanks to my misbehaving pancreas, even a bowl of eggs and vegetables gives little bug a massive sugar rush lol. If I eat grains or sugar at the moment, my temper goes sky high and my energy levels to rock bottom... just trying to maintain that even keel!!!

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TRYINGHARD1948 2/12/2012 4:12PM

    There is a certain lusciousness to those old masterpieces and all of a sudden it becomes clear why men do not, on the whole, proclaim the attractiveness of those modern slimline bodies.

Our genetic component from surviving Neolithic conditions is probably the number one reason for our problems in maintaining. Sigh!

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PENNYAN45 2/12/2012 3:47PM

    It's interesting to note how we have been trained in this culture to prefer the slimmer bodies.

It's not very different from seeing photos of ourselves years ago - and no longer liking the hairdo that we had or the clothes that we were wearing (even though they were very stylish at the time and we loved them back then.)

We certainly have plenty of food available for us here in the U.S. And for the most part, the food is relatively easy to obtain.
How odd it is that there are so many of us here struggling to eat less -- when in other parts of the world, there is famine, and people are dying because of a lack of food.



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BRIGHTSPARK7 2/12/2012 3:13PM

    Interesting thoughts. What is the image we have of beauty? For me it does begin with awareness of my actual body-as it is not in comparison with anyone else. My favorite axiom is "Awareness precedes choices precedes results." A quote from Robin Sharma. I have learned to love my body, as it is, paradoxically while I'm working on improving it.

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FROSTIERACES 2/12/2012 1:22PM

    I don't know..I think a lot of these old paintings are much better fatter..thicker. I see the point...of course. Yet, it is sad that we have such standards to look a certain way. I think being healthy is the best and yes, you're right we don't need nearly as much food as we used to. And reallly even to be fertile everyone is off the fertility doctor. I'm in bed today, feeling quite sluggish, insomnia sicce 1:40 am and I have a nasty migraine in my eye...but I'm keeping up with your blogs Ellen!! It gets me here and I love reading the knowledge you share. It's days like these tho when I'm not doing much at all, where I'm glad we don't have drive thru or those quick pop in the oven meals. Heck,..we don't even have a microwave here! We seem to be doing fine without one so far...gas oven works well for reheating. I plan on making soup probably tomorrow...unless I can sleep this headache away yet today. Hope your day is bright and happy! It is here but of course I'm trying to stay in the dark! emoticon

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CARRAND 2/12/2012 12:31PM

    Our bodies were designed to lay down fat is good times so we could survive famines. The problem today is we are all feast and no famine. Women in particular needed to have fat on their bodies in order to conceive, carry a baby to full term and breast feed. So fatter women (up to a point) had more children. Women still need some fat to be fertile, but we don't need as much because we don't face times of little or no food availability. Pleasingly plump women were admired because they looked (and were) fertile.

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_LINDA 2/12/2012 11:54AM

    That may be where we came from, but things do evolve and change. As in we no longer need to store our food in the appendix, it is now just a vestigial, useless organ. We shouldn't have to feel hungry all the time as food is plentiful and readily available. Most of our cravings really are emotional more than anything if you really think about it. I know my triggers, stress, TV and computer games lead me to want salty high carb fixes. But that is just in the mind. My body is just following my mind's command. I am fully satisfied after every meal I eat and have no craving for more food after them until my next meal time unless one of my emotional triggers intervenes. This is why the biggest team on Sparks is the Emotional Eaters one and why so many people fail in their diets as their triggers keep getting in their way.
I think the before paintings were more realistic and true to form. The perfect, flawless Barbie doll figures need to be tossed out to stop giving women and girls complexes..

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DBCLARINET 2/12/2012 11:26AM

    So true! There was an article on another site about the health benefits of honey, specifically, and the author talked about how much effort a single person had to go through to get that honey (climbing trees, evading angry swarms), that by the time he obtained the honey, he'd burned so many calories that the treat was both welcome and necessary!

When I was at boot camp, they never gave out lots of protein, but I could eat veggies until I exploded. I ate so many veggies that I never felt true hunger; I just ate when it was meal time because that's what you did. I actually remember thinking, about 6 weeks in, that I couldn't wait to get out so I could take a food break and let myself feel hungry again. I missed that feeling.

P.S. Really interesting link! Personally... I prefer something in-between!

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BSTAKINGACTION 2/12/2012 10:48AM

    Very cool info. I'm actually finding that being in a slight state of hunger is when my body and mind seem to be the sharpest! So, thanks for validating that!

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Fat All The Time

Saturday, February 11, 2012

. . . . a follow-up blog to Hungry All The Time.

When I respond to feeling hungry all the time by eating all the time, I do get to be fat all the time. And that really would be fat ALL the time. Twenty-four seven. From morning to night. And while I'm sleeping too.

Been there, done that. Two hundred and thirty pounds. I did eat all the time. I was fat all the time. And even though I was eating all the time, I was still hungry.

And yeah. I'd rather tolerate being hungry. Not eating all the time. And being thinner.

Thinner all the time. Twenty-four seven. One hundred and forty pounds.

Always fitting into everything in my closet. Moving comfortably. Feeling good. Healthy. Looking as good as is possible.

Hunger is NOT AN EMERGENCY. I can tolerate it. Because the benefits of doing so outweigh (yeah, OUTWEIGH) the costs.

*Sorry about the caps. I'm having to speak to myself kinda loudly.*

  
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/12/2012 9:01AM

    Dude, for me it ain't even hunger. It's plain greed.
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NANCY- 2/12/2012 7:59AM

    Don't apologize, your thoughts are your thoughts. I think you are awesome, focused and determined.
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TRYINGHARD1948 2/12/2012 4:52AM

    You are so right. Hunger is probably how most of the human race feel most of the time, even today!

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FROGGGY13 2/12/2012 2:40AM

    That's exactly what I keep telling myself. Yes, sometimes I'm hungry, for half an hour or so before lunch or dinner. And that is normal! Only very recently in evolutionary history have we ben able to afford satisfying hunger whenever it happens. Before then, most people were thin and at least occasionally hungry. It is normal, that's the kind of eating we evolved for.

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PUDLECRAZY 2/11/2012 9:24PM

    Caps good, sentiment great.

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CARRAND 2/11/2012 8:56PM

    So true.

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DDOORN 2/11/2012 8:53PM

    Hoping to make this my new mantra!

Thx so much for repeating and driving home such an important point!

Don

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KIM--POSSIBLE 2/11/2012 8:15PM

    Everything in moderation! If we eat every time we think we are hungry, we will regain all that we have worked so hard to lose!

Way to go on your weight loss!!

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BEATLETOT 2/11/2012 8:08PM

    You are so right! I'm clicking "I Liked This."

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DONNACFIT 2/11/2012 7:49PM

    Great blog..I need to learn to set limits and boundaries and learn hunger is not an emergency!! Thanks..I needed that since my eating has been out of control lately..all these road trips to please hubby... emoticon

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_LINDA 2/11/2012 4:18PM

    Having some real tests going on are we? You made it down that far. You know what to do! You CAN DO IT!! I would be interested in knowing if the lemon or peppermint oil would work..
All the best with Beck!! Have a wonderful wellness, good eating and exercising weekend!!

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ROSEWAND 2/11/2012 3:51PM

    If you are only hungry an hour or less before your
meals, that is normal hunger. It means your ghrelin
and leptin hormones are balanced and working properly.
You have reset them by losing weight. They tend to
be out whack when we are overweight.

If you are truly hungry all the time, your hormones may
still be out of balance. The best way to keep those
appetite hormones working well is to eat three times a
day, avoid highly processed carbs and get enough protein.

A small tip for helping with hunger: use peppermint oil
or lemon oil. Just smell it. It signals satiety to your brain
in way that can delay your need to eat.



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TBANMAN 2/11/2012 2:19PM

    Agreed. I find that even after a couple of undisciplined days I find myself sliding back into old habits. Read - eating all the time, ridiculous portion sizes, etc.

I'd rather be fit and hungry than fat and hungry.

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TRAVELGRRL 2/11/2012 1:42PM

    In order to be thin we have to be mature enough to know we can't have everything we want WHEN we want it.

Hunger ISN'T an emergency, especially when it is for french fries or cake!!

You have made the mature choice, the healthy choice.

You are doing exactly what the Beck Diet Solution suggests, keeping your reasons for being thin close to your heart.
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FROSTIERACES 2/11/2012 12:11PM

    I think I'm hungry all the time too Ellen! I WISH - like if I could add SUPER CAPS to I WISH!!::: I WISH I WAS 140 pounds! like you! I'll get there... :) Thank your for maintaining and showing me that not everyone yoyo's like ME! Love your blogs! GLAD I'm caught up!(SUPER CAPS) on THAT TOO! :)

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CRYSTALJEM 2/11/2012 11:52AM

    Totally correct, love it! I'm having to turn up the volume for myself a bit too lately. Hunger may not be an emergency, but it can become a downer when it's talking to you constantly. Hope it gives you a break soon. Have a great day! CJ

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DBCLARINET 2/11/2012 10:52AM

    I agree, hunger is not an emergency! I like the feeling of hunger -- it's my body's way of telling me yes, it's time for fuel. Then I enjoy it so much more!

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AMBUDMAN 2/11/2012 10:42AM

    Yep!!! I agree.

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Hungry All the Time . . .

Friday, February 10, 2012

. . . and I'm OK with that.

I was hungry all the time at 230 pounds.

And yeah, I sometimes think I'm hungry all the time at 140 pounds.

Actually, the hunger lasts about 30 minutes. Or less, if I distract myself. And I'm learning to think about it as "keen anticipation of my next meal".

But the point is: I'm not any hungrier thin than I was . . . um . . . not so thin. And I prefer being thin.

Also: I'm not sure there's any amount of food that would stop me feeling hungry.

Hunger is not an emergency. I can tolerate it.

  
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/12/2012 9:00AM

    Don't they say the average guy thinks about sex about every 8 seconds or something?

It's like that with me and food. *sigh*

(Turns out the sex thoughts thing is a myth: www.snopes.com/science/stats/thinks
ex.asp But I assure you I still think about food that often. LOL)

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TRYINGHARD1948 2/12/2012 4:49AM

    You are so strong

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DDOORN 2/11/2012 8:50PM

    True enough...have to remember that! Pain can be sorta like that too. For instance, oh, I got a cut, it hurts, I'm tending it. I can stay focused on the hurt or I can let it go...just like hunger! Sometimes it can drive me to distraction though!

Don

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d I get outta your blog notifications loop?!?!

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DBCLARINET 2/11/2012 10:54AM

    My problem is that sometimes I do take "Hungry All The Time" to an extreme. Yep, it lasts about 30 minutes or less if I distract myself, but sometimes I get cranky or really low on energy, and then I have to admit that no, it's time to feed myself. When I become a first-class b****, it's time to eat something.

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PENNYAN45 2/11/2012 9:46AM

    A few years ago, when I was at my highest weight, I remember having the realization one day that I was craving foods and tastes - even after I had just eaten.

It occurred to me then that I could eat and eat and still want more. This was particularly true with sweets.
That is when I understood how easy it would be for me to just lose control completely when it came to some food.

I don't want to label that craving as hunger (even though at the time I could have been convinced that it was).

I still can crave some foods - whether I'm hungry or not - and I just have to talk to myself about it.

Perhaps I will always feel that way.

I agree with you, though, that I would rather have the feelings at my lower weight.



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FROSTIERACES 2/11/2012 8:31AM

    It's such a mind game trying to dodge cravings vs hunger. If I think through my cravings..I do great! My hunger tho is...tricky because I hate feeling deprived and it can mask itself as a craving for something deliciously unhealthy. Yesterday we went to the beach...wasn't hungry at all, all day long. Didn't eat much except nuts and tomato juice I brought from home. The sunshine, ocean and watching fit surfers helps the cravings too!

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NANCY- 2/11/2012 8:01AM

    There are so many kinds of hunger. Beck is right we do not have to act on it. Perhaps increasing your fiber might help sustain you to your next meal.

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SALSIFY 2/11/2012 5:05AM

    It's true - I was hungry all the time & acted on it which is why I got to 230 pounds as well. So now I try to choose not to act on it all the time.

Thanks for the reminder!



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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 2/11/2012 12:03AM

    Hmmm, deep down I thought when a healthy weight is reached, the body adapts and the hunger goes away. For me, hungry all the time while thin is going to be very tough to embrace. Besides water, what else can be done to delay the hunger?

Scootergirl in Oz
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JUDI_CUTIE 2/10/2012 11:23PM

    I love this! You are so wise!!!

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KIM--POSSIBLE 2/10/2012 9:43PM

    Thank you for this blog! I am hungry all the time, though I wasn't before. But it is because of my job, school, and family demands not due to eating less, trying to lose, etc.

I have found that if I limit carbs and bump up the protein and fat, I am not as hungry. If my carbs are high, or protein is low in the morning, I am starving all evening. I love fruit, so this has been difficult for me, but it has worked to reduce hunger.

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SLENDERELLA61 2/10/2012 9:14PM

    Profound. I agree. I was at least as hungry at 212 pounds as I am at 126. I prefer to be 126. I was seriously thinking of doing Beck again, too. Thinking about buying the new book, although I understand there isn't a whole lot of difference other than the food plan that I probably don't need.

Take care. Thanks for your support. I am fine, just not going to replace my computer for a few months. I just had a a big car repair bill and a big dental bill, both unanticipated. If I'm going to meet my financial goals for the year, I just need to wait on the computer. I'm still not sorry I retired early to care for the grandkids.

Oh, and thanks for those exercises for my back. Actually, I overdid it the first time I tried them, but think I've got the right intensity now. Time will tell if they solve the problem, but definitely worth the try. Thanks.

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MEADSBAY 2/10/2012 9:03PM

    That's one of the first things I learned from the Beck books.
Hunger is just a sensation.
It goes away.
It's not an emergency.

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PHEBESS 2/10/2012 9:01PM

    I'll add it for you:

"oh well."

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_LINDA 2/10/2012 9:00PM

    Good for you not giving in to hunger!! But that is unusual to be feeling that way all the time really. Are you being faithful to getting enough water? That makes a difference. I have to get more then eight cups a day, partly because of all the cardio I do, but if I don't get it, I feel it and yes, hunger too. Maybe you too, need more than the standard eight...
And like I put in the friend feed, well rounded meals is a must..Or perhaps you would be better off with small mini meals throughout the day -that works better for some people too. Maybe for some reason, your blood sugar levels spike a lot..
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!
Keep up the great work!!
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BSTAKINGACTION 2/10/2012 8:47PM

    Thank you! This fear of being hungry is something I'm working my way through veeeerrrryyy slowly. I can't believe how much emotion is attached to it!

Great line for me to take away: "Hunger is not an emergency".

Perfecti!

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