Are you really hungry, or is it something else?
Sunday, September 25, 2011
I had to ask myself that question this afternoon. I came into the living room this afternoon to see my husband and daughter sitting on the couch watching the Packers (yes, we're Cheese Heads! LOL) play against the Bears. They were sharing a little cheese and crackers as a snack. The power of suggestion was so strong that I immediately headed out to the kitchen to find me a snack, too. I got almost to the fridge and realized that I wasn't even hungry! In fact, when I stopped to really pay attention to what my stomach was saying, I was actually still quite full from lunch. So... what was up? I came to the conclusion that I was tired, not hungry. My body needed energy and it was open to the suggestion of food as that energy source. And, when completely honest with myself, that happens WAY more than it should, many times late at night, when I think I just HAVE to stay up doing or watching something. Eat to stay awake. But, those calories count! Also, dehydration can feel like hunger, so try drinking some water and letting it settle in your stomach first, before reaching for the snacks.
So, the next time you think you're hungry/snacky, listen to your body and really determine what it's telling you. If you're not TRULY in need of food, determine what you DO need instead and save yourself those extra calories. Being diligent like that could make the difference between reaching your goals or not.
Laurie (who still isn't really hungry 3 hours later)