PRACTICE GETTING USED TO HUNGER
Today’s challenge is to practice getting used to hunger!
That might sound crazy, and as I’m a big advocate of intuitive eating, it might also sound contradictory, but let me explain.
Eating whenever you are hungry makes sense. You don’t want your blood sugar levels to drop too low. That can have many negative effects like getting cold sweats, shaky, irritable, and anxious to name but a few.
However, you will agree I’m sure, that you don’t really go straight from being too full, to all of a sudden becoming ravenously hungry do you?
No, of course not.
You kind of do a shifting through the gears, and slowly get hungrier and hungrier…. Unless you exercise a lot, when hunger pangs really can become quite abrupt.
So anyway, in-between feeling contented in your appetite, where you’re not really hungry, and not really full, and all the way down in appetite to being so hungry that you are ready to bite someone’s head off, you have different levels.
Learning what your levels of appetite are can help you to actually enjoy some types of hunger. If you can enjoy the feeling of hunger sometimes, without panicking and reaching straight for food, then you will stop yourself needlessly overeating and find yourself burning fat.
This doesn’t of course mean being desperately hungry and suffering. This is meant to be pleasurable not tortuous. Having a healthy appetite is more like the feeling you want to experiment with. You know, that feeling you get when you are hungry and you know that your next meal will taste so good because you’ve built up a good appetite. If you eat in the next hour perhaps, it will stay pleasant hunger, but if you have to wait more time, then it will be too long and turn into unpleasant hunger.
I like to use the hunger and fullness scale. This is a neat little scale that goes from level 0 to 10, with 0 being painfully hungry, and 10 being painfully full. By using this scale, you can figure out what hunger is actually enjoyable, and beneficial, and then what hunger is a good indicator of when it’s actually time to eat.
You can download a free copy of the hunger and fullness scale, and a full guide, by clicking here.
So that’s today’s challenge. See how long you can go without eating and that the hunger feels pleasant, and then notice when it starts to become unpleasant. You can try it all day, or just for a few hours. Just please don’t wait too long and kill anybody!