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Intuitive Eating

Thursday, March 07, 2013

For the past few months, I've been doing something I never thought possible: I eat when hungry, not on a set schedule.

I used to follow this set schedule:

7am Breakfast
10am Snack
11:30am Lunch
3pm Snack
6pm Dinner

When I was eating too little protein and too many carbs, I was constantly hungry. My entire day revolved around my next meal. I was always hungry.

These days my meals are variable. The only true set meal that I always eat is breakfast. I eat breakfast whether hungry or not. If I don't, then I become sluggish mid-morning, and ravenous by lunch. If I'm not very hungry when I wake up, I eat a very light breakfast. If I'm hungry, I eat a bigger breakfast.

Mid morning snack is almost a thing of the past. If I eat the right breakfast, I cruise until lunch. I'm usually ready for lunch between 11:30-2pm.

I usually have an afternoon snack if I eat lunch earlier.

Dinner I almost always set at around 6:30pm, but last night I wasn't hungry at all, so I fixed something for my husband and nothing for me. My late afternoon snack killed my appetite for dinner.

If I'm not hungry, I don't eat.

However, it's not quite so straightforward as that. There is another variable: activity level.

If I notice that my appetite is low and I'm not eating much, it means that I need more activity. When I'm very active, I'm hungry more often. Heavy activity usually means more snacks.

If I have low activity and low appetite, it means my metabolic needs are slowing down, and my body is down shifting. High activity revs up metabolic needs.

Since my appetite seems to be slowing down, it's time for me to engage in more activity. I miss having the gym at my old apartment, but with the new house, there's yard work to be done. I need to get my bike tuned up so I can start exploring the bike paths in our new neighborhood. For now, it'll have to be sessions with Jillian Michael's workout videos.
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    I've found that my hunger cues are different than they used to be. I know if I'm hungry if I start to feel like my batteries are running low - I get tired. Growling tummy doesn't really happen anymore. That only happens if I'm 'starving'.
    1660 days ago
    Sounds great. I'm not sure if I could pull that off though. If I have a day when I'm not particularly hungry and don't eat I tend to get headaches.
    1661 days ago
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