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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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