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An interesting note on hunger and cravings

Monday, August 19, 2013

An hour ago, I thought I was hungry. I was also thirsty, but I was craving food like a madwoman, and I was so busy focusing on what I wanted and debating whether I should buy it that I kept forgetting to go get water.

And what did I want?

- A lime slurpee
- Chocolate
- Doritos

Really, me? What are you, ten?

Yep. I totally wanted to walk into the convenience store and buy dinner like a pre-teen on allowance day. My planned dinner just didn't sound that appealing in the face of SUGAR and SALT and FAKE CHEESE!!!!! and GREEN!!

Eventually, I got up and grabbed the glass of water I needed and went back to work. Thoughts of Doritos faded a bit.

Then a few minutes ago, my stomach growled. Oh look, real hunger! Except this time, now that I'm actually hungry and my body is craving fuel instead of adolescent defiance, Doritos seem about as appealing as cardboard. That lime slurpee would feel like water tainted with sticky sugar and fake flavouring. And I never really wanted the chocolate in the first place - it was just there because chocolate always shows up. No, what my grumbling stomach wants is that nice omelette stuffed with veggies that I was originally planning to make for dinner. Instantly, with one stomach growl, the omelette went from being a meh, un-fun dinner to sounding like the most satisfying meal ever.

What a difference between brain/emotional cravings and body/stomach/fuel cravings. My body knows what it needs. It's hungry, so it wants real food. Earlier, my brain was trying to fill a different type of hunger - maybe I was bored, maybe I was in a blah mood because I'm by myself tonight. Whatever it was, it reached back to those stupid convenience store treats that at some point in my life made me feel better and told me I wanted them. Luckily, before I had a chance to give in, the actual hunger showed up to push the emotional cravings out of the way.

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    Very thoughtful -----hmmmmmm I will spend a bit of time thinking about that.
    1707 days ago
    Great blog! We definitely need to *STOP* before such impulses and really THINK about what we want. And it's almost never the crap....
    1709 days ago
    I agree. If you want junk food, you are either bored or thirsty. Have some water with lemon and see how you feel in twenty minutes. If you want an apple, you might really be hungry. Have a serving of healthful carbs or protein depending on your goal and see how you feel in twenty minutes.
    1709 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/19/2013 10:23:26 PM
    So true! I've been working on keeping myself more occupied and while I'll never be one of those people who "forgets to eat" it's nice to be able to quit being preoccupied with food, then to want something healthy and appropriate when real hunger occurs.
    1709 days ago
    YAY! You are AWESOME!
    1709 days ago
  • JLITT62
    I am constantly amazed by your ability to analyze things! I am much more likely to eat around a craving than truly sit down & think about it like you do.
    1709 days ago
  • PCOH051610
    Your blogs always make me smile and nog my head in agreement! Today, I laughed outloud at your comment "what am I, ten?" because it struck me so funny and yet truthful.

    I was in a similar bind today - I was hit by this wave of hunger so hard that tin cat food looked appealing. I am cat sitting at a neighbour's house and wondered if I could make it home. (Funny how we think irrationally when we are tired).

    So when I poured fresh water up for their cats and their budgie I had a glassful myself and it worked wonders. I made it home and ate a pear!
    1709 days ago
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