Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Something that I think will come in handy this holiday season, is my new ability to stop eating a food when I realize I'm not enjoying it. Why continue to eat something if the flavor isn't enjoyable (or the texture or whatever).
Yesterday when my son and I had lunch, I also got a cookie for us to share for dessert. I love anything red velvet and this cookie looked good. We ate our meal, and I almost forgot about the cookie. We each took a bite to taste it. I didn't care for it. I would normally finish it all, just because it was sweet, and I had paid for it. Even though it was nice and soft and chewy (my favorite texture for a cookie) the taste wasn't worth it. I brought it home. But when I got home I just tossed it out. I'm finding myself tossing out things I don't enjoy. Recently I saw a few things in the freezer that I'd saved from meals, and decided that I hadn't enjoyed those foods so why keep them? I'd never eat them. I had a box of frozen yogurt (mango) popsicles. The first time I ate one all I could taste was wooden stick! yuck! Another day I had another one, but threw it away after a few bites. A few weeks later I just tossed the box.
Lately, I've concentrated on only eating what really appeals to me. I am also working to only eat when I'm hungry, but I am finding myself hungry from 3:00 on until Supper around 5:15, even after having a healthy snack of nuts or greek yogurt. I thought maybe it has something to do with not eating enough protein and fiber in the early part of the day. And maybe not starting my day with enough calories. Today I planned on more protein and fiber and ate accordingly, and it's 2 o'clock and the hunger has begun. I'm drinking lots of water to see if it's thirst. It's not working. I really want to avoid feeling hungry. Hunger drives me to binge so I can at last feel full and comforted.
Hunger isn't a bad thing, at least that is something I think I should feel, but I'm wondering if there's something in past that causes me to fear hunger. I know for a time in my life, I would get very irritable and grumpy when I'd get hungry, in particular during pregnancy. My hubby would always state, You're hungry…eat something and you'll feel better. This also happened when I started trying to lose weight. He warned me not to let myself get to that point, mostly because I wasn't any fun to be around. So now if I feel hunger, I feel like I have to respond to it pronto, or I'll put others through having to deal with my moodiness.
If you have any input to help me deal with my hunger better (dealing with it in my mind, or dealing with it with filling foods), please feel free to tell me! What foods fill you up, for the lesser amount of calories? Fortunately this has helped me avoid eating those empty calories that lead to only a short period being hunger free.