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True hunger is OK

Friday, April 26, 2013

Wow this week has been a real eye opener for me. Ever since I worked out a couple of weeks ago and the pants started fitting tighter, I started to take a real hard look at what was going on and revisiting some of Robin’s videos. I realized that I was not truly letting myself get hungry or truly full ( getting to a 3-3.5 and up to a 6 on the hunger scale). I was still eating when I was “supposed” to and I think this was not letting the natural hunger hormones (leptin) work.

I have been letting myself get truly hungry before I eat and eating till I am pretty full but not stuffed. I have tried this for the past 4 days and it has been amazing. I am just not that hungry in the morning so I just have some coffee with some coconut milk or cream in it. I get up at 5am and usually about 10 to 10:30 I am getting hungry. I eat a full meal with lots of protein and some steel cut oats and a handful of nuts. Enough to be full and then that’s it, I am satisfied for the day till dinner about 6:30. I eat a full healthy dinner and if I still do not feel full, a little dessert of berries and cream. I do not do any snacking at all. If I get to a 3.5, then I need to eat a meal. I guess for me, 2 meals a day is all I need and the body seems to be agreeing, the pants are already loosening up or at least they seem like they are. Last night, I had a tomato and a little chicken for supper, just was not hungry. I need to learn to trust that my body will fuel itself properly.

I will no longer eat when someone tells me I am “supposed” to eat, eat the food that someone tells me that I am “supposed”, eat a certain amount that someone tells me that I am “supposed” to or follow any particular eating style. Now, I will eat when I want, what I want (whole good foods of course) and how much I want and will not eat when I am not hungry. I will listen to my body and let it get hungry, real hunger is OK!!! More importantly I will eat till I am full, and I mean really full (not stuffed) and not just enough to take away the little hunger I have had. I have to get out of my head that hungry=skinny, full=fat.

I also read a bit on Jack Kruse’s Leptin reset and some of what he said makes sense, especially about the exercise. I realized that I am not hormonally ready for exercise and it might be 6-8 weeks till I can try to start again. Now, that’s not to say that I will not go out for walks this weekend (it is suppose to be in the 70’s and not 30’s) with the DD but no real cardio or weights. I need to get balanced again after years and years of exercising too much (yes there is such a thing for a non professional athlete). I will not follow his plan per say, as in that I will not eat 50g of protein 30 minutes after waking or keep the carbs to absolutely under 50g. I will eat a good portion of protein when I am hungry and have some carbs when I feel I need them. I have stopped weighing and tracking my food and vowed to pretty much never do this again.

So this week I think I had a break though and we will see what comes of it. Never know, maybe I will not need to do another round in September.

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DDOORN 4/28/2013 9:32AM

    I have always been so disconnected from any true sense of hunger. Been experimenting with intermittent fasting...low level, just passing on food on Mondays. I remember what WATERMELLEN said: Hunger is not an emergency...sometimes use that as a mantra, whether fasting or not.


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-LINDA_S 4/27/2013 8:50PM

    Now that's a real breakthrough! The bulletproof coffee seems to be working pretty well for me. Didn't have it this morning but ate protein and I was hungry all day. I'll see what happens tomorrow if I have it. Sometimes I feel like my body is lying to me about being hungry...

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CINDYTW 4/26/2013 10:57PM

  I am glad you are doing well! I have stopped listening to that eating schedule advice a long time ago. I am not going to force breakfast on myself or go to bed hungry because I am supposed to eat at certain times! I don't have a normal work schedule so why would I follow what everyone else does? Plus, I have never been hungry right when I get up so I think it is just ME. I also will not believe that my work schedule is dooming me to be fat and unhealthy when I FEEL best on it. Kruse actually said that someone was "f879ed" when they asked about working late shifts.

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WOUBBIE 4/26/2013 12:37PM

    I'm surprised at how hard it is to break out of the "scheduled eating" mentality, even when you think it's a good idea! I'm trying to eat to hunger cues more often, and work around my work schedule, and it's not always easy. Getting there slowly but surely.

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