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Eat for Now, Not Later.

Monday, September 17, 2012

One of the toughest things to defeat is the ominous, Huger Later! My mother was very fond of the statement, “Are you sure that’s enough, I don’t want you getting hungry later.” I am sure it was her firm belief that the Bogyman was real and snatched hungry children.
Even as an adult, I have well intentioned friends who insist that I eat more so I don't get hungry later. These are the same people who will eat a massive meal for lunch hoping that it will satisfy them so they won’t have to eat another meal for the rest of the day.
And I'm no saint in this. I would dive into a large pizza, eat until I was nearly busting and then finish it off with one extra slice just to make sure I stayed full.
But now that I'm trying to lose weight and thinking about my health, I have to ask, why are we so frightened of becoming hungry later?
It’s not like I have to track 50 miles to run down a deer on foot to get another meal (but wouldn’t that be the world’s most successful diet).
We, as Americans live in a country where food is plentiful, widely available, and dirt cheap (which is, of course, part of the problem). What’s really going to happen if I do get hungry later? Answer: I’ll eat something!
And the odds are pretty high that I won’t become hungry later. Last week I ate half a Jimmy Johns Tuna sandwich for lunch (no chips). I had no doubt that I would be ravenous by 5pm. The fact was, I didn’t feel hungry again until I got home and started making dinner; even then, I wasn’t ravenous.
And even if I had become hungry later in the day, I keep a stash of cheese sticks, fruit cups, and Greek yogurt less than 20 feet from my desk.
I realize it's a training process. I have to learn to trust the portions, rather than cramming myself to the point of sickness, for fear of, “hungry later”. It is something I have to stop and think about every time I eat. I have to ask myself, "Am I still hungry or am I just eating to eat?" "What if I eat a little less and have a cheese stick or fruit cup in an hour?" But now that I'm starting to get the hang of it I am beginning to realize how silly and unhealthy it is to eat now in order to satisfy a future hunger.
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    You make a very valid point. I have never thought about it from that perspective before, but I think you are on to something here.
    2041 days ago
  • MICHELLE73101
    Amen. ... why did this eating business have to get so complicated?
    2042 days ago
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