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Getting reacquainted with hunger

So, a few months ago I had gotten myself pretty much 'over' hunger. I allowed myself to feel hungry without it making me cranky or it being the end of the world. I didn't have to eat asap and pig out, I could come home, absolutely ravenous, cook a nice healthy meal and then eat it and be fine.

Today, things are different. I've gotten unacquainted with hunger and it's time I got acquainted again. Now, I get hungry and I feel like I have to eat, even if it's something unhealthy or downright BAD for me (Fried/includes dairy or gluten) because I need to make that feeling GO AWAY.

Well, enough of that. I've done it before and I can do it again. Today at work I was hungry. I had a protein shake for breakfast and it was black Friday so there was no going for a break to grab a banana and some nuts, which I normally do around 1ish.  (It's a total waste of calories). If I would just wait until I got home a measly two hours later I'm sure I"d be fine and that would be 400 less cals I'd have wasted.

So today I came home hungry but hadn't snacked so I could afford a bigger lunch, I still have 500 cals left for dinner which is in a few here. (yeah, I eat late). I just have to keep reminding myself, it's not going to kill me, I have enough padding to keep me from starving for more than just a few hours. It's a temporary inconvenience at best. After an hour the growling even goes away for awhile longer.

I think this is something a lot of us need to do, to let ourselves feel hungry. As a compulsive over-eater there were definitely long stretches of time where I ate and ate and never ever felt hungry, and when I did, my god! It felt like the sky was falling.

It's not. We will live if we don't have that snack, if we wait it out until the next meal we won't fall over dead, I promise you.

How do you deal with hunger? Are you an 'eat asap' person or can you wait it out?


  1. I dont let myself ge hungry. j eat ever 2.5-3 hours. Small frequent meals. When I get too hungry I eat EVERYTHING!!!

  2. I can't do that because of my work. :(

  3. If I am really thinking I am hungry I'll grab something that I am not crazy about that is healthy. I will quickly know if I am infact hungry or just wanting to eat

  4. ha, lisa, good idea!

    I unfortunately am actually hungry. This is a problem more at work than at home.

  5. I don't like to let myself get hungry either, because it leads to binging. I try to eat healthy snacks in between meals, so I get to feeling mildly hungry, but never that "buy everything in the grocery store" mode. I guess I look at it as being grateful that at least I am not in bulimia relapse anymore, so I choose my battles, knowing I'll probably never be perfect. In an ideal world, yes, I would be okay knowing that I won't starve if I wait a few hours. That binge/purge behavior is very ingrained though, so I try to avoid binging in the first place.


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