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I never miss a meal, either. Hunger not being an emergency and going to bed less than full were new to me upon first reading Beck. I have completely embraced not eating after dinner and going to bed even kind of hungry. I sleep better and I wake up hungry for breakfast (for most of my life I was not a breakfast eater, not getting hungry until about 9:00 or so).
I have a harder time just skipping a meal. And dinner is the one I should really skip from time to time based on how much I've eater earlier in the day. I'm a mom so I feed others besides me. But, I need to remember that I don't have to eat to feed them.
Anyway, good work on skipping a meal and realizing that you were fine.
“To lengthen thy Life, lessen thy meals.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” ~ Hippocrates
I am not the kind of person to turn down a meal, even if I am full, so my experience yesterday was very interesting to me.
I ate a hot high fiber cereal for breakfast. Then I had 2 cups of broccoli florets with brown rice and mung beans for lunch. I'm guessing the fiber in those two meals was very high.
I felt so full that I knew if I ate dinner, even though I would be within my calorie range, I would not feel good. However, I was very hungry over the weekend and looking forward to eating.
I was just about to eat anyway out of psychological momentum.......it felt scary to behave differently.
Instead, I played back all of those "helpful responses" that got drilled into my head from listening to the CDs during my commute. I told myself that if I ended up getting hungry late into the evening that it would not be a problem. "Hunger is never an emergency" and though I've been hungry in the evenings for the last two weeks, I had yet to lose a nights sleep over it.
It was still scary, but I let it go and I successfully, painlessly skipped that unneeded meal which surely would have given me some nasty digestive distress upon awakening today.