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This thing called eating...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

So here is the deal...

Eating. We have to do it. I mean, you can go without food for a pretty long time, but eventually you have to do it or you die.

You shouldn't eat when you are not hungry... I struggle with this and here is why --

I had gastric bypass surgery in 2012. I don't feel hunger like a normal person. If I wait until I am hungry to eat, and stopped when I was full, I would only consume maybe 600 calories a day at most. So, I end up eating when I am not hungry in order to get proper nutrition.

I struggle with this sometimes. I don't want to say I feel guilty (not an emotion in my spectrum) but I feel like I am breaking Healthy Lifestyle Rule #21 if I eat when I am not hungry.

We hear it over and over and over from the experts... don't eat unless you are hungry. Don't put "fuel" in an already "full" gas tank... But I can go too many miles before I am on E (does that make sense??)

Like right now... I just had Greek Yogurt and Kind Granola (2 tablespoons) for a snack -- I wasn't hungry, but it was in my "plan" for the day. Now, had I not eaten that snack, I would have been under on my protein and even further under on my calories.

Maybe I am just thinking too much and need to go to bed?
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    I know exactly what you mean, I never feel hungry and you sometimes have to make yourself eat. I still have all the old cravings for junk but once I look at it, it makes me sick looking at it. Had my surgery almost a year ago
    1725 days ago
    I agree with Lvafrica, now you eat cause it is fuel not because you have wires crossed telling you must eat. I think you are doing great.
    1725 days ago
    But isn't that the ultimate freedom though?
    Having known the cravings and constant hunger before GBS?
    You now eat because you know you need it. Those hunger signals are messed up by the surgery. Now we eat by schedule. I think it is a better more logical way for someone like me.
    1725 days ago
  • DIVA711
    You are doing well. It takes time to build a proper routine. You are building a lifestyle... emoticon
    1726 days ago
    I had my surgery May 20th and I haven't felt hungry yet. Or full for that matter. At first I felt kinda lucky to not have that hungry feeling. There have been many days I get busy cleaning out closets or whatever and I will look at the time and its 2pm so I then play catch up all evening to get the protein in. Plus during the night I have a water bottle handy to take sips during the night. Very rarely am I seen without a water bottle these days. I don't feel you are breaking a rule, you are doing what your body needs.
    1726 days ago
  • BILL60
    Go to bed and don't over-think.
    1726 days ago
    I'm glad you're focusing on proper nutrition! emoticon
    1726 days ago
  • KITT52
    my problem is if I ate when hungry I would eat all the time....and weight 1000 pounds....
    I learned to eat 6-7 mimi meals a day weather hungry or not....this worked for me and I lost 210 now has helped my maintain my weight loss.....


    good luck
    1726 days ago
    1726 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    I eat 6 to 7 small meals a day now. Since I haven't had the surgery, I don't know exactly what you are going through but I do eat fairly regularly when I am not actually hungry. You may not feel hungry but it doesn't mean that your body doesn't need what is on your plan. You need the vitamins and all the other stuff that goes with it, not just feeling full. So when you are supposed to eat, eat! Don't feel bad about it. You aren't really breaking any rule. Besides, the only real rule is if it works for you, then do it. Everyone is different and different things work for different people. Find what works for you.
    1726 days ago
  • ZRIE014
    if you would eat 6 small meals a day, it would be best.
    1727 days ago
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