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Being Hungry

Friday, February 24, 2012

I want to make something perfectly clear. I am not starving. I eat and I'm full at the end of each meal. I'm not left 'wanting'. However, I do get hungry. And I'm learning that that's okay.
I was watching a BBC documentary on youtube about dieting and hunger and food, and there was one woman they featured who said she had probably never felt hungry in her life. Not really. Any time she started to feel a bit peckish, she'd snack. And that really resonated with me. Now, I have been hungry. I've been in the hospital a few times and they kind of make you fast before blood tests and other things. But for the most part, I acted like this woman did. Start feeling peckish, and I'd reach for a snack. Didn't matter what, I just couldn't be hungry.
When I'm really hungry (ie fasting for a blood test) I can get quite snappish and irritable. It gave me a wonderful excuse not to let myself 'go hungry' - after all, I don't want to snap at people. Except my moods are more under my control than that, and to be perfectly honest, waiting an hour to eat is not the same as fasting for a day - and shouldn't give me license to be a b*tch.
So I'm learning its okay to be hungry. To start feeling rumblings around 5 and be okay until I can eat around 7. I'm not going to snap and start gnawing on coworkers (no matter how much I may joke), and I'm certainly not going to faint or 'die of starvation'. I'm still carrying around enough fuel to get me through probably a week of not eating. :)
And if its going to be really bad? Carrot sticks are my friend.
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  • SELINA2512
    Thank you for the advice. I don't feel hungry after dinner, but some 3-4 hours later. Yes, after so many years of eating way too much and gaining weight, it's hard to eat normal portions and to determine what normal portions are. Soups have helped a lot, especially at lunch. If you have any more tips, please send me a mail or leave a comment on my SP. Usually, people follow a particular diet and avoid certain food, so it's hard to meet someone whose goal is similar to mine, to eat everything, but in moderation.Good luck with the food and exercising this week! emoticon
    2609 days ago
    Selina2512 - are you full after you eat dinner, though? If you're still hungry after a 'normal' meal, you may need to eat more. I know, sounds contradictory. I wouldn't add more helpings of meat or starchy potatoes, but an extra cup of salad or half a cup of broccolli or beans or other veggies. Also try soups, a cup of vegetable soup with dinner - the soup helps 'fill you up' longer.

    To be honest I can't remember which one it was, I've been watching a ton of them lately. :) However, I recommend you look up The Truth About Food documentaries on youtube, they're full of interesting information.

    (oops, I'm on my mom's account...its SandraRegina. I should have logged out of hers first!!)
    2611 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/25/2012 12:05:05 PM
  • SELINA2512
    I REALLY understand what you mean and I agree with everything you wrote. Being hungry is something I also avoided but I'm trying to get used to it now. Since I started paying attention to my portion sizes 12 days ago, I often can't sleep because I wake up in the middle of the night hungry, although I ate a normal dinner, a portion that healthy people eat. I still struggle with this, hunger is just a normal feeling my stomach has to get used to. As you said, there's nothing wrong with being hungry for an hour or two. So, thank you for putting this in writing, I needed to hear that someone else is going through the same thing. Good luck with your food intake!
    Could you please tell me what was the name of the BBC documentary? emoticon
    2611 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/25/2012 11:31:55 AM
  • no profile photo ANJAYS-JOURNEY
    Its funny how we all think being hungry is a bad thing when people are starving even in our own country. Sad really
    2612 days ago
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