The longer I maintain my blog, the more apparent it is that I am ‘putting myself out there’. Each month my readership increases and I’m aware that once I hit ‘publish’, my post is open to the whole world to read it. While that does leave me open to all kinds of judgement, knowing that it may help at least one person is enough reason for me to say it as it is, taboo or not.
Up until recently, I had a very distorted relationship with food. Sure the pounds came off but looking back I am not sure whether I was actually healthy. Physically I was in the best health (and still am) of my life but mentally not so much. Hunger is one of the body’s most basic instincts. It’s our body’s way of informing us that it is food’o’clock…i.e. it needs food. We all regularly experience hunger but our way of dealing with it can vary tremendously. Name me any tactic to prevent hunger pangs and chances are I’ve tried it. Chew gum? Pop open a Diet Coke? Distract myself? Drink a whole bottle of water in one shot? Check, check check AND check. If it wasn’t meal/snack time, I would do anything to resist giving into hunger. After all, the less you eat the more weight you will lose, right? And I mean, hunger growls naturally mean your body is metabolising fat cells so don’t give in.
(red buzzer goes off) WRONG!
Given the media-driven society which we are living in, hunger has become misconstrued as a monster which we should fear and giving in to it means admitting defeat. Well from one friend to another, here’s a little secret I’ve learned over the years:
It’s not a victory to stave off hunger: you’re not doing yourself any favours by tricking your body.
Chances are that all of you who are reading my blog lead somewhat of a healthy lifestyle. You know in the back of your mind what kinds of foods will benefit your body. And as you up the fitness ante, you may find a slight increase in your hunger. Rather than drink your daily intake of water intake in one sitting, EAT SOMETHING!…and don’t feel guilty about it. Unless you’re a starving kid in Africa, hunger is not a bad thing. In fact, here’s everything that hunger does signify:
- our metabolism is firing up
- our muscles are begging for extra food to heal, repair, recover, and strengthen themselves
- our energy levels are flagging and needs the extra fuel
- our hormones are screaming that it’s ready for a mood booster
Easier said than done, I’ll give you that. Eating larger quantities and more often during the day may seem daunting initially but give your body the credit it deserves: it’s not stupid and nor is it like the boy who cried wolf. The next time it comes knockin’, honor your hunger and eat the food it requires!
Have you ever employed some tactic or another to ‘postpone’ your hunger?