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I am hungry

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

I am hungry. Which is OK.

Because I know that I will be hungry. Every day.

Hunger is not a bad thing. It's no reason to panic. Hunger is not an emergency. Hunger tells me that I will enjoy my next scheduled meal more.

Lean people experience hunger every day. Hunger is normal. Hunger is my body's method of telling me that I am using up the calories that I take in so that I will require more calories. At my next meal. When it's time.

In the meantime I can calm down. Reflect on the delicious meal I had. Savour in anticipation the meal I will have.

When it's time.

Hunger does not make me anxious. Hunger makes me feel lean, light, and appreciative of good food.

That would be . . . . when it's time. When it's time. When it's time!!

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    Wise-wise words! Thanks for sharing a reminder I can tuck away when I'm hungry before a meal or not at "hungry" before my meal.
    1680 days ago

    Thanks for the reminder, again...and again...and AGAIN! It goes without saying that I can't hear it too many times.
    1685 days ago
    1685 days ago
    Love it!

    1685 days ago
    Wow - very insightful!! I must remember this!! emoticon
    1688 days ago
    love this.thanks for the new perspective love. emoticon
    1688 days ago
    I learned so much about myself and hunger when I started intermittent fasting.
    We will not die from running on empty for a few hours!

    1689 days ago
    I'm hungry now, and also waiting for the next planned meal - which, by the way, is already logged into my nutrition tracker so that I don't deviate from the plan.

    (Not that I burned up that many calories today.......)
    1691 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    1691 days ago
    "Hunger is my body's method of telling me that I am using up the calories that I take in so that I will require more calories."

    I love the way you put that! I have to remind myself when I want to eat NOW. Thank you!
    1691 days ago
    Hunger means I'm using up calories. What a useful and true way to look at it.

    Great blog.
    1691 days ago
    Excellent introspection! I clicked "I like this blog" button. :D
    1691 days ago
  • _LINDA
    You say it so well! Hunger is not an emergency! No its not. Certainly not in our times of abundance and food everywhere you turn. Nope. Got to learn that you can't have everything you see everywhere you look. Life would be so much more simpler if it were so. Imagine if there was nothing in stores but healthy food, snacks and beverages! What a revolution that would be! But in the meantime, to maintain one must practise self control. You do. In spades! I would love to be you when I grow up someday!
    1692 days ago
    Profound blog. It really is my choice. I know I can live at a healthy weight and next to never experience hunger if I choose to eat smart every 3-4 hours. OR I can choose to have bigger meals and let myself get hungry in between. Either way works. I can choose. And I can do it one way one day and a different way another day. What doesn't work is eating the larger meal AND the little snacks. Too much. Hunger can trigger binge eating for me. It helps to remind myself that I am choosing to get hungry so that I can eat a larger meal later. Just like your blog says. Hunger can make me appreciate and savor my food even more than usual. Keep up the great work managing your health and weight and your great job blogging to share with your SparkBuddies!!
    1692 days ago
    Great reminder! However, I don't mind having an apple (or more likely, baby carrots or radishes) between meals. My mother used to way "have an apple" when we whined between meals that we were hungry. If we said we didn't want it, then she said we weren't really hungry. If we did eat the apple, well....problem solved.

    1692 days ago
    Is it time yet? LOL emoticon
    1692 days ago
    I'll work on remembering this! Thanks!
    1692 days ago
    I've been hungry lately too. I keep thinking why am I so hungry as if it's a conspiracy to sabotage me.
    1692 days ago
  • JLITT62
    What a great blog! Thanks!
    1692 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Very nice blog. I seem to get hungry also while maintaining. Like you I wait and look forward to the next meal. Yes, you are right, it is a good thing. It means you have used up that food as fuel and are ready for the next meal.

    One of the unhealthiest times in my life was when I ate when I was not hungry.
    1692 days ago
    Great blog! I was hungry the other day, and it did feel good.

    I never used to feel hungry because i was eating all day long, but that wasn't natural.
    1692 days ago
    Yes, I have learned here on Spark People - and from you especially - that hunger is NOT a bad thing.

    It is not to be avoided - and not to be feared.

    And I think I did always fear and avoid hunger before this.
    This is a very important message.
    1692 days ago
    Just as you say, I can feel "lean, light, and appreciative of good food." The other thing I notice when I let myself enjoy that feeling is that I can appreciate lots of other sensations that might go by unnnoticed or dulled...the singing of birds, the scent of a rose, the shape of a cloud in the sky.

    Of course, that sensitivity to what is around us may actually be what drives some of us to over-eat 'cause there are other things in the world that are less pleasant that we may feel compelled to protect ourselves from with a little numbing agent in the form of food.

    Thanks for this reminder that there are ways to keep ourselves on an even keel -- and overeating is not one of them!
    1692 days ago
    So true!
    1692 days ago
    Thx for the reminder of one of my favorite mantras of yours: hunger is not an emergency! Perhaps if we've been without food for a few days and didn't know where our next meal was coming from...yes. But for the vast majority of us? Nope...no emergency here! :-)


    ps...thx for the goodie and here's the kale link:


    I've tried it raw and didn't care for it...which is why I want to re-visit kale as a soup ingredient.
    1692 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Thank you for posting this blog. Between you and NELLJONES's comment a light bulb went off for me. Now I am off to make changes.
    1692 days ago
    I have read studies about how the overweight fear hunger more than most people. We aren't talking about the desperate hunger of starving people, I don't think anyone in this country endures that anymore. It's not as if we don't know where our next meal is coming from; we know not only where, but when and what it will be. My husband's first wife was French, and their son was raised in the French fashion of not eating between meals. Ever. When we married, this boy would be bouncing on his feet while I was making dinner, whining to hurry up, he was HUNGRY! But it never occurred to him to eat something before we sat down to eat. He is 50 now and raising his own kids the same way. They all survive just fine. I was raised the same way. Back when I was a kid, there weren't any "snack foods", and it was too much trouble to prepare snacks as well as meals from scratch, so we ate three good meals a day. The expectation of avoiding even the slightest twinge of hunger is very modern, just within the last 50 years or so, led (I believe) by the prepared food industry who profit from people who don't want to be even the tiniest bit hungry....ever. That little bit of hunger means your previous meal was spot on in terms of size and composition, and you will be ready to enjoy your next meal.
    1692 days ago
    1692 days ago
    Oooh... what a great pep talk! I may not have to write my own today. emoticon
    1692 days ago
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