Thursday, July 19, 2012
I've been doing something different this week. I started feeling my hunger. I have been waiting to eat until I"m actually truly hungry, not starving, but waiting long enough that I feel empty and that my stomach is growling. And when I finally do eat, I take small bites and actually chew my food. concentrate on the bite in my mouth rather than the next bite. I chew slow and then swallow. I eat a few bites and then I put my fork down. I wait a few minutes and then I eat a few more bites. I then wait until I start to feel a little fullness and then I put away whatever I'm eating. I wait 20 minutes or so and see if I'm still hungry, if not, I just go on with my day. It is so much harder than I thought. It amazes me how much of my eating is based on habit or certain times of the day.
In reality, I have not eating that much food in the last 4 days. I have not felt over full. I have felt so much better. I have had more energy, drinking more water, finding a balance between exercise and my life.
It is very hard though for me as an emotional eater to let myself feel hunger. And yesterday I was sitting here at lunchtime thinking oh i must be hungry I have to eat. But I sat there and realized I wasn't hungry at all. I drank some water and about an hour later, I was truly hungry. I'll see if it helps me lose any weight, but at least i'm listening to my body more which is extremely important.