Eating for "the hunger to come"
Monday, February 18, 2013
This writing prompt I'm using tonight is from Geneen Roth, who has written extensively on the subect of emotional eating.
Many of us - myself included - eat for "the hunger to come". What does this mean? This is when we say to ourselves, "I'm going to get stuck somewhere for the next three hours with nothing to eat, I'll get really hungry, so I might as well eat now to stave off the hunger, even though I'm not really hungry now. Have you ever done that? I have.
Why do I do that, and whay can I do to stop? First of all, Geneen has a wonderful theory that many of us overeat because we intend to take care of ourselves. True, overeating is NOT taking care of ourselves, but when we engage in this behavior we THINK we are taking care of ourselves. so I guess I eat for the hunger to come because I THINK I am taking care of myself.
So how can I take better care of myself? First of all, only eating when I am hungry, and not eating when I am not hungry. Who's to say the next three hours will pass without getting wnything to eat? None of us can predict the future. And it is perfectly fine for a full-grown adult, which I am, to go for a few hours without food. Really, the world is not going to end