Since today is the last day of the month and the challenge I thought I would share what I discovered about myself. I have found that when I'm hungry I don't feel rushed to eat. When I have emotional hunger I eat on impulse. I have found that by doing relaxation techniques during the day, I slow down a bit and have more control over the emotional impulse to eat.
I'm not sure if anyone else has this issue, but... Normally I wait to eat breakfast until I get to work. This morning I caught myself taking little bites while I was making lunches. Instead of getting upset with myself, I decided to eat my breakfast at home before I left for work. Its been 4 hours since I ate and I'm just now feeling hungry. I tend to delay breakfast because I don't want to eat lunch too early. I think that I try to ignore my hunger signals because its not 'meal time' or because I'm afraid that if I eat too early I will eat more all day.
Today I'm forcing myself to 'accept' that I'm hungry and eat when my body says too. I packed a few extra snacks just in case I do feel the need to eat more than I normally do. I think it will be interesting to see if I eat less this way or eat more, and if it will help with my tenancy to not stop eating when I'm full.
I have two signals that tell me when I'm hungry. One is a hunger pain just below my ribcage. The other signal is when I start thinking about food. I look for recipes or plan out dinners. When I'm emotionally hungry, I don't stop and think. I just reach for food. And if I do take a moment to think before I grab something to eat, I tell myself I'm hungry. I don't wait for any physical signals. I feel an urgency need to eat.
Pounds lost: 2.0
Fitness Minutes: (24,300) Posts: 418 4/5/12 10:04 P
At my work like Lois' workplace, my coworkers are always bringing lots of junk. I will try the mid morning snack idea too. I put fruit on my desk sometimes, and I then reach for that instead of the vending machine.
I'm like you LADYBUG1107 - I find it easy at home than at work. I am planning on taking a mid-morning snack to work because I find myself way too hungry by the time I get lunch. And lately I've been eating too many of the cakes etc that work colleagues bring in - esp as it was a very stressful time. Hoping to keep it all down when I return after the break... and be prepared.
Pounds lost: 0.0
Fitness Minutes: (24,300) Posts: 418 4/1/12 10:00 P
I am so challenged by this one. I'm not a very scheduled person, so my days are very 'fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants', lol. I often get deeply involved in projects that I'm doing and totally forget to eat, i.e. ignore my hunger signals.
I've finally set up an app on my phone to remind me every 2-3 hours to eat! Or at least to check in with myself and see where I am on the hunger scale. It has really helped! The app is technically for medication reminders, lol, but it works well (and it's free!).
Emotional eating is a tough one for me, I definitely do that. As I said a few days ago, I need to go back and reread the book, get some of those exercises/techniques back into practice. I'm in Las Vegas right now visiting my mom, without the book, but I will be delving into it next week. I know he had an exercise where you think of something unpleasant to eat and hold certain fingers together, then think of something happy and hold different fingers, etc. Obviously I can't remember all the exacts with that, but I'll figure it out and we should give it a test run! ;)
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