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Eating when hungry?

Friday, May 10, 2013

This is unreasonably, illogically, impossibly hard!

Any parent of a 2-3 year old will say the opposite. Trying to get their kids to eat is a daily torture.

When did I learn to eat for recreation?

Childhood, I'm sure. Nothing else to do? Might as well get some ice cream. Fall down and scrape a knee? Ice cream! Kids at school were mean, go home crying but don't want to talk to Mummy about it? Yeah, you guessed it. Ice cream. Or PB&J would do quite nicely, and Mum didn't see it as a treat.

Over many many years, I have learned to eat because of reasons other than hunger. In fact, I rarely got hungry.

Of course I'm on this journey, searching for a lasting and satisfying healthy way of life. Change is coming. I'm working on dumping my baggage, but it's not that easy. And I'm doing it mostly alone. I have a couple of really good friends, and my sister; but it's still my baggage, my history. And I have SparkPeople. Making some friends, and finding lots of great information, tips and ideas. It's a big help.

Last month I even started the Eat to Live plan. Shocking to me, since the program is so drastically different from my fast food way of life. Not take out, but PB&J, mac&cheese, pasta; quick home stuff. Now I'm eating unlimited salads, vegetables and fruits, and some beans nuts and seeds. Very little of anything else.

And I'm hungry. A lot. As in hungry before every meal. I carry a protein bar in my purse in case the hunger makes me too anxious to cope with it. Only resorted to it once, when I was away from home and the office.

Not sure how long I can maintain it, but I like the results, and I'm not too uncomfortable, so I don't see myself quitting any time soon. I still have all that baggage to deal with. I'm hoping that each time I get through a stressful event without turning to food, it will be a tiny bit easier the next time.

And each blog I write reminds me that this is a journey that I have not quit.
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    Thanks for posting on my blog!
    I mean that I get physically hungry and need another meal.
    I used to eat because food was there, or if it was a meal time.
    Now I'm eating just enough to sustain me until the next meal.
    I don't mean that I'm having cravings, or that I'm ravenous.
    Just hungry and wanting my next meal.
    It's a new thing for me.

    1776 days ago
    I'm not sure if you mean 'hungry' as in 'healthy hunger', something you enjoy and respond to be eating, or the 'diet type hunger' that makes you want to eat but you think you have to tell yourself 'no'. I don't think that's a good type of hunger.
    1776 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/10/2013 9:42:26 AM
    Clearly babies are smart!

    1776 days ago
    I've thought about this often lately.

    We can't get my 2 year old granddaughter to eat. Worried, my son asked the doctor. He said she is getting enough and instinctively knows what she needs. He suggested leaving things out (an apple, banana, etc) and making sure she drinks enough.

    Should we re-learn our eating habits from a baby???
    1776 days ago
    That's a good point.
    And it's one of my issues I need to work on.
    My office is FREEZING, so it's the last thing I want.
    I'm trying to drink at least 2 quarts/liters a day, but sometimes I don't even get one down.

    Maybe I'll blog about that tomorrow.

    1776 days ago
    good for you! you might try drinking MORE water... beside flushing out your system, it will make the hunger go away as your stomach will feel full. good luck
    1776 days ago
    Thank you so much for commenting on my blog.
    I need all the advice and encouragment I can get.

    You know, I was worried about the protein, too.
    But I've actually felt better than I have on previous "diets"
    Maybe it was the processed carbs weighing me down...?

    1776 days ago
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    1776 days ago
    About a cup of chick peas in my salad ever day at lunch.
    Supper so far is chili with beans or yummy lentil loaf.
    If I'm hungry later I'll have a hard boiled egg.
    1776 days ago
    I am not familiar with the Eat to Live program, but I am wondering from what you have written if you are getting enough protein. What about chickpeas, edamame, kidney beans or some other type of beans on your salad for some additional protein? Wishing you well on your healthy lifestyle. emoticon
    1776 days ago
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