Is it hunger or something else? Our need for calories (food) decreases as we age, yet our intake increases. Why? A few quick reasons: Stress, thirst, emotions, boredom, lack of sleep/tired, advertising. It seems so simple to state, eat only what your body needs, yet our current culture encourages us to eat large portions, diet, and eat healthy. Usually at an early age we loose the ability to discern when we are truly hungry. Diets teach us to crave the foods that are labeled “bad”. Large portions teach us to override our internal comfort cues. Rigidly eating well “good” may cause stress when eating out, or feeling deprived.
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First – get rid of the good food/bad food labels. Use eat all the time foods, and eat sometime foods. Ahh, did you feel your body relax? AND identify food cues in your home, office, car. Decrease the food cues in the home and car, be creative in the work place.
Second – Assess your hunger level before you prepare/eat a meal or snack. Breathe, breathe, breathe and ask yourself how hungry am I? What do I need to eat to satisfy my physical hunger? Do you eat because it’s time to eat or because you are hungry?
Third – Eat in gratitude, eat mindfully. Chew, chew, chew (notice the textures and flavors) and wait 15-20 minutes before taking a second helping. Breathe, breathe, breathe and ask yourself how do I feel? Is your stomach comfortable? Fullness is not the goal, it’s a signal that you already over-ate.
Feed your body food when it needs fuel. Take a walk when you need activity. Breathe, meditate, pray, and use guided imagery when you need silence. Listening to your body, discovering what your mind, body and spirit needs in each moment are the key to a good relationship with food and a healthy life.
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