40,000-49,999 SparkPoints 44,865

not an intuitive eater, apparently.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Intuitive eating sounds like the bees knees, doesn't it? Let your body tell you when it needs fuel, give it just as much fuel as it asks for, and call it a day.

Oh, how I wish that worked for me! You see, I've tried intuitive eating for the past few months, but my body has the absolute worst timing. I'm not hungry when I get up, but when my stomach is sending me hunger signals at 9:30, that unfortunately coincides with my boss's morning status meeting (and by the time I escape that meeting, I'm ravenous). Still, I try to eat just a bit, a reasonable breakfast. Of course, then I'm not hungry at "lunch time" (most of my coworkers have lunch at 11:30), so when I do finally hear rumblings in the deep, I'm tied up in afternoon work stuff. I usually manage to scarf lunch around 2:30, but again I'm ravenous hunger beastie by that point. When I leave work to head to the gym, I feel uncomfortably full, but post-workout, I'm usually getting hungry again. Most days, I figure I can hold out for dinner in the next couple hours (once John gets home), but end up eating way more than I meant to because I either give up and start snacking, but still eat a full dinner, or I hold out and overeat at dinner b/c I'm (again) ravenously hungry. So I have decided this is broken. It's great in theory, and when the stars align and I get hungry when I actually have the opportunity to eat, it's nice, but that's pretty rare.

So my new scheme for fall is to nail down a regular routine. Breakfast before I leave for work, a mid-morning snack around 11:30, lunch at 2:30, a mid-afternoon snack around 5:00 (pre or post gym visit, depending), and then dinner around 8:00. That should give me enough regular small meals to keep a pretty even keel hunger-wise, plus I should have more energy since I won't be running out of fuel several times during the day. We'll see how it goes, but I'm excited to get this figured out!

So now, if you'll excuse me, I have a date with some lemon yogurt!
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Good plan, lady! I find that my body wants food every 2-2.5 hours, which is kind of annoying. I honestly have no idea how to eat every 4 hours like a lot of people to...AND I find that even if I'm not hungry every 2 hours, I eat based off the darn clock...It's like my body knows it's been 2 hours and is "hungry". UGH! I've been trying to chug water during these times in hopes that that helps...

    Anyway, best of luck, girlie! I know you can do this!
    2444 days ago
    I think that's a pretty good goal. Routine should actually train your body to send you signals at the proper times. It's like getting babyies on a sleeping/eating schedule. Good luck!
    2444 days ago
  • REDSHOES2011
    emoticon You tried it, and know it is not for you.. Not a failure, but something you can rule out having tried.. Never give up explore other possiblities.. Cudos for making a time table!
    2444 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/12/2011 1:17:28 PM
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.