Are you hungry?
The past few days I’ve been thinking more and more about hunger. It is, to a certain extent, a good thing. Hunger lets you know that you need fuel. It gets bad, though, when you let it get so out of control that you allow yourself to become famished – and thus, you probably end up eating everything in sight.
Too often, we don’t eat based on hunger. We may eat because it’s time to eat. Or maybe our emotions got the best of us. Or maybe the food is just sitting there in front of us, begging us to please eat it. There are lots of reasons why we eat.
And so I have, recently, been focused on that wonderful little built in alarm system we all have. I’ve been waiting till I am truly hungry, till my tummy gives me a little grumble.
Each time, before I saunter in the kitchen, I ask myself: Am I actually hungry or I am eating for some other reason?
That doesn’t mean you can’t ever eat unless you are genuinely hungry. I mean, maybe it’s your birthday and your friend baked you an amazingly delicious cake. You might not really be hungry, but it’s fine and dandy to have a slice.
But I think it’s beneficial to be more aware. To know why you are doing what you are doing. Ignorance is really not bliss, after all. It makes more sense, I believe, to try, more often, to eat when you’re hungry and not eat when you really aren’t.
Some people go by the theory that you need to eat 6 times per day, every few hours. That is a wonderful thing if it happens to be what you want to do. If it works for you, then that’s fantastic. Eat on!
But as with everything, what works for one, doesn’t work for another.
I believe it makes sense to listen to the body. The body is, I think, pretty darn brilliant and usually lets us know what we need, if we pay attention.
So what about you? Do you wait till you’re truly hungry before you eat?