Am I hungry…?

October 20, 2016 in Balance / Yummy Eats

Hi guys and happy Thursdayyyy! I hope you have been having a great week so far.

Linking up with Amanda today for another thinking out loud post!

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Am I hungry? Hunger is something that is natural. It’s a sign we need food. If we’ve gone a while without food, we will probably get hungry. We eat when we’re hungry, we stop when we’re full. You’ve probably heard that statement like 5000 times, or at least I have from treatment to different pieces on intuitive eating to all over Instagram.

But the thing is, I eat when I’m not hungry. Does that make me a “bad eater?” I don’t think so! What I think is bad is how much emphasis we put on hunger and this idea that we should only eat if we feel hunger.

Let’s take a look at some recent eats lately and talk about how I was feeling during that time hunger-wise.

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I had this peanut toffee buzz cliff bar for a snack last week while studying for an exam. Was I hungry when I ate this? Nope! I was actually kind of nauseous. But I still ate it anyways because I wanted something to munch on and give me fuel while I was studying.

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I had this breakfast for lunch this weekend. I was pretty hungry before this! I had vanilla yogurt with granola and mango, and Special K Red Berries with unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

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I had this Bobo cinnamon raisin oat bar and decaf tea while doing homework the other night. I wasn’t particularly hungry but I wanted a snack and I love these bars, so I ate it. Simple as that.

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I wasn’t hungry for this cookie at all. My stomach had cramps beforehand during class, but I was craving something sweet and I didn’t want to deny myself of what I was craving. So I had a Lenny&Larry’s cookie (one of my fave flavors)!

So clearly, I eat when I’m not hungry. When I’m stressed, my appetite has the tendency to dwindle and my stomach will hurt but I still eat anyways. I’ll still eat dessert when I’m not hungry. Or snacks. Or meals. Sometimes I just want something and I’ll eat it. Does that mean I’m not an intuitive eater? Who knows. I think I am! I don’t put a big emphasis on food and what I eat. Food is not the center of my life and the only thing I think about. I have a whole lot of other interests and things that make me happy now that food isn’t the center of my life.

When we become so fixated on when we are hungry or not or if we should eat something because we aren’t necessarily hungry, we think about food: a lot. I’ve been there, and it gets exhausting. It’s like a mental battle of whether you should eat something or not. And then if you don’t have it because you don’t feel like you are “hungry” or not, you may just continue to think about it. Sometimes our minds need the food and the fuel. And our bodies do as well.

It’s all about finding that happy medium for yourself. We are all different and unique in our needs. Do what’s best for you. And don’t put so much thought into food and into whether or not you should eat something. Listen to your body and listen to your cravings. Our bodies need food, but sometimes we need food for our souls too. Because we all know a warm cookie after a stressful day can just make us feel so freakin’ goooood.

Now tell me any thoughts you have on this. I’d love to hear them! 

Thanks for reading guys and happy almost Friday! Have a wonderful day. <3

xoxo

Lyss 🙂

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26 Comments

  • Reply Mackenzie October 20, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Thanks for sharing this, Alyssa!! That last paragraph really hit the nail on the head. It’s all about what is good for you. When I got married, I realized how different my preferred eating habits were compared to my husbands, but they worked differently for each us because we are so different! I like to eat small meals all day long and he prefers three big ones. Regardless, it’s allll about finding exactly what works for you! Thanks for the encouragement in your post <3

    • Reply Alyssa October 25, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      thank you for reading! So true that it is about finding what works best for you 🙂 xoxo

  • Reply Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It October 20, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Omg I totally needed to read this today!! I feel like I’ve been eating when I wasn’t hungry all week because of my period, but hey, that’s life and my body has needs! I still think I’m an intuitive eater too, but I know I was putting way too much thought into my food this week. Thank you for keeping my head in the right place! I MISS YOU SO MUCH. Have a great Thursday beautiful!! Love you! <3
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    • Reply Alyssa October 25, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      aw girl of course!! I’m so glad this helped. And I miss YOU! Love ya lots and lots

  • Reply Emmy October 20, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Thank you for this Alyssa <3

    • Reply Alyssa October 25, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      of course, and thank you for reading <3

  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot October 20, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Great post! I have to eat when I’m not hungry a lot because of my work schedule. Sometimes I’m not starving when I’m awake so early for work but still eat because I know I wont have my lunch break for several hours. Other times I’m not that hungry for lunch yet, but still eat because I know I need to fuel myself for the rest of the work day!
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    • Reply Alyssa October 25, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      exactly- flexibility around eating is key and not thinking so much about it really helps me! we gotta eat when we have the time to do it!

  • Reply Claire at My Pink & Green Life October 20, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    I love this! To me, intuitive eating means sometimes eating when you’re not hungry. Just if you’re craving something or you’re in a social situation where it’s normal! And when I’m stressed, I’m like you–I’m NOT hungry. But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t eat!

    I hate the dumb diet advice to “try drinking a glass of water or distract yourself if you’re craving something, because you’re not actually hungry.” Ummm… not the right to deal with cravings at all! Just satisfy them. 🙂
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    • Reply Alyssa October 25, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      ugh that drinking water advice drives me crazy too!! so stupid and leads to such disordered thoughts around food!

  • Reply steffie October 20, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    AMEN SISTER. Nothing should totally control your thoughts. Everything in your thoughts should be in moderation!!

    • Reply Alyssa October 25, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      yessss mom! love yaa

  • Reply Caroline October 20, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    I agree with you! Sometimes eating when you’re not hungry is the healthiest thing to do! Sometimes it happens because you’re traveling or you have a busy day, or you just need to munch on something. It’s all okay. I think a big part of intuitive eating is being mindful and knowing when you need to eat, how much, and why you’re doing it. I think the least amount of time spent thinking about food, the better!
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    • Reply Alyssa October 25, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      so true that intuitive eating is being mindful of when you need to eat… great point there girly! Hope you are doing well 🙂

  • Reply Ashley S October 20, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Great post! Where do you get those tiny almond milk bottles?

    • Reply Alyssa October 25, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      my dining hall haha

  • Reply kat October 20, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    I sooooo eat when Im not hungry. Case in point – dessert. I NEVER skip it, even if I feel like Im going to puke. After denying myself dessert for so many years [I literally would cry myself to sleep because I couldnt have ice cream like the other girls on my soccer team] I have made a promise to myself to always treat myself to dessert, even if its only a small cookie or handful of M&Ms!
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    • Reply Alyssa October 25, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      i love that mentality!! denying ourselves of treats is so unhealthy. And I’m with ya- I love my dessert!!

  • Reply Kate October 21, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Yep. Quite often! Sometimes I eat when I’m not hungry because I know I might not get an opportunity to eat later and sometimes I eat when I’m not hungry because I’m being social. I love that you bring the no shame game to this topic. It’s totally normal and okay!
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    • Reply Alyssa October 25, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      it is totally normal and okay! thanks for your insight on this Kate!

  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law October 21, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Um, why does America have all these cool things? Single serve containers of Almond Breeze? I need that in my life!

    I definitely eat when I’m not hungry and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. Because of all my digestive issues, there’s times when I’m not hungry at all – but I know I need to eat as I can’t afford to lose weight/not eat enough and so I just keep on eating! If I listened to intuitive eating “rules”, I definitely wouldn’t be healthy.
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    • Reply Alyssa October 25, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      so happy I saw my dining hall started carrying the little almond milk bottles!
      I feel you with the digestive issues stuff… I have to do the same thing!

  • Reply Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar October 23, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing this, Lyss! I sometimes get pretty anxious when I eat even though I’m not “hungry,” (especially since I have IBS), so it’s encouraging to know that lots of other folks–yourself and the many lovely folks who commented on your blog–eat even when they’re not that hungry. Intuitive eating is great, but I remember my therapist reminding me that we don’t need to get it “perfect”–especially if it becomes a set of rules that makes us anxious.
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    • Reply Alyssa October 25, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      yes- there is no perfection surrounding food either! and putting rules around food will just drive us crazy!

  • Reply Emily October 24, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Yes!!! I think the big thing for me to remember is to not focus on the food; if I’m over thinking it then I’m missing the point of the gift of food and nutrition.

    🙂 I love to intuitively eat, and I’m re-learning it so so slowly.

    Hope you’re feeling well this morning Lyss. <3 you.
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  • Reply Alyssa October 25, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Over thinking food definitely causes us to miss the point of the gift of food!!Hope you are doing well too Em <3 love ya!

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