Get still and you will hear your life speaking to you.
How many times have we eaten something when we really wanted something else and then found ourselves unsatisfied and looking for more? Wouldn’t it have been better if we had honored our hunger and eaten what we really wanted? Eating a lot of something we don’t want never brings us the satisfaction we’re looking for. It often causes us to keep eating.
Many of us eat reactively instead on instinctively. We see something and eat it, instead of pausing to reflect if it is really what we want to eat. Afterwards, we are often left feeling unsatisfied or remorseful because it really wasn’t what we wanted; it was what we thought we wanted or what we thought we should eat because we need to lose weight. Mind hunger is very different from true hunger.
In order to discern the difference, we need to get still enough to listen to what our body really wants to eat.
Before we eat, we can ask ourselves these questions:
- What am I really hungry for?
- What would be really nourishing for me right now?
- Is it food or is it something else?
Take a moment to get still and really listen. Our body possesses an instinctual wisdom. It knows what it wants. If it is food, tell yourself, “I am choosing to eat right now.”
This means that we fully own that action. This is about owning our choices and reclaiming our power over food. Not letting food have power or control over us.
Next, ask yourself what you do you really want to eat?
Get still and take a couple of deep breaths. Approach this question with openness and curiosity. Trust that your body knows what it truly wants and needs. Let an answer come.
Is it Chinese food or a salad? Maybe it’s a dessert. Even if you choose to eat something you deem isn’t the best choice for you, tell yourself, “I am choosing to eat this right now.” Own your actions. Don’t beat yourself up about it; even if you choose to binge.
Just observe yourself and be aware that at this time you are choosing to eat emotionally. Drop your self-judgments. Be loving and compassionate towards yourself. Let yourself have what you really want. You won’t always eat perfectly. No one does. You’re only human.
As we begin to honor our true hunger, we will begin to make better choices. We will be surprised to find that our body doesn’t really want dessert or highly processed foods all the time; it actually craves healthy and nutritious food. It’s often our mind that wants these things.
If we have been habitually feeding ourselves large quantities of sugary, fatty and highly processed foods, our bodies may crave these things, but a craving is different from actual physical hunger. We may have to reduce these foods in our diet for our natural hunger to appear, as the more we eat these types of foods, the more we want them.
I find that eating small, reasonable amounts of these foods doesn’t cause uncontrollable cravings in people. It’s usually the thought that they’re forbidden that leads to people eating large quantities of them, in anticipation of having to give them up in the future (going back on a diet).
Reflective Questions, Thoughts and Quotes
- If I am what I eat, who am I?
- If I eat my attitude, what kind of attitude do I most often have when overeating?
- Does the thought of future deprivation and lack drive my eating choices?
- What do I most often crave? Do I use this food as a reward or for comfort? What am I really seeking from this food? Is it giving it to me?
I honor my hunger.
I slow down and truly savor every bite.
I take time to notice, smell and taste my food.
I eat only until satisfied and satiated.
I chew my food slowly.
I choose nourishing and satisfying foods.
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