Are you Starving? Putting Hunger in Perspective

Putting Hunger In Perspective

I recently read a book by the only man to have survived alone on a raft at sea for more than two months, Editor of Cruising World magazine, Steven Callahan. In “Adrift, Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea,” Callahan recounted how while slowly starving he dreamt of food, “My body knows what it needs. For hours on end fantasies of sweet ice cream, starchy baked bread, and vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables water the mouth in my mind.”

Reading an account of one man’s survival in the face of sure death was inspiring. My ex-husband is building Callahan’s redesign of “Solo” the very boat that capsized, so he too can take off on a singlehanded sailing adventure across the seas. He believes he could survive as Callahan did, while I’m telling myself I’ll die of starvation if I don’t eat in the next half hour. Sort of puts things in better perspective, don’t you think?

I’m Hungry

Good Thing I’m Not A “Breakfast Skipper” Or This Could Be A Rough Day

Nah, I always eat the most early in the day anyway, so being hungry is expected. Having my stomach gurgling like a flooding riverbank is another story.

Sometimes when I wake this hungry, it’s as if nothing I eat will satisfy me. I’ll have my usual cereal (I nearly always have cereal and milk for breakfast), then I’ll start eating fruit, then I’ll have more fruit or a yogurt with Grapenuts, then maybe soup, then a bagel perhaps? Then …

I eat like this sometimes all morning, and usually by early afternoon I find I’m okay – I lived through another huge appetite morning. When you feel like you’re starving, even though you know you are not, eat real food. Fresh, wholesome food, not fake fat, not denatured crap, but fresh food. Fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans? Anyone eating beans? I love beans, soups, stews. This time of year a hearty soup with a big piece of heavy (I mean heavy in your hand) whole grain bread is so satisfying.

I don’t mean to make you hungry – I apologize. I tend to get carried away talking about food, I do love it so.

Learning Hunger Is A Signal From Your Body To Eat

Feed yourself well, and the signal will stop. Feed yourself poorly and the signal just keeps coming. Also, a huge tip? Drink water. As soon as your stomach starts gurgling or doing whatever dance it does, go get a glass of water and start sipping. Give yourself five or ten minutes from the first hunger pangs to finish drinking a nice glass of water. After 10 minutes, if you still feel hungry, get something to eat, but often you’ll find either you forget you were hungry entirely (I get busy and forget) or you’ll not feel anywhere near the powerful urge to gorge, just mild hunger.

Hunger Is Not A Disease

Do not fear hunger. Embrace hunger. Sit with it. Nurture it. Live it. It’s okay – you’re okay. Take a deep breath and say, “Even though I’m afraid of being hungry, I deeply and completely accept myself anyway,” let the air back out, and relax.

If you don’t know how to use EFT, which I refer to often, then get yourself some materials and learn it. It’s easy, and effective. Start at the beginning to learn, download the free materials at OneMoreBite for using EFT for weight loss and get started today.

One Small Change Big Weight Loss

One Small Change – Big Weight Loss Results

It’s that time of year. From a nip in the air to a massive snow and ice storm, there is a difference now. It’s colder and the tendency is to put on a few pounds. We’ve generally accepted that it is nature’s way of helping us provide a little extra winter fat — just in case. But how long since you last had a food shortage? This year can be different.

Today consider making one small change. When you make a small change, it is easier to handle, you are more likely to incorporate it into your daily life, and you are more likely to succeed, than if you try to make a global change to your whole way of being.

Start by adding more fresh fruit to your diet. Just for today, throw out your rules — if you follow any diet that forbids fruit — because fruit is too important to miss. Fruit is sweet, satisfying and full of vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids, and other things that your body requires for optimum health.

Choose a few fruits you particularly enjoy. I like apples, bananas, grapes, oranges … Buy a small amount of some of the harder types, such as apples, and start carrying around an apple everywhere you go.

What? Have you lost your mind? Hear me out. The idea is when hunger strikes (or what you think is hunger), no matter where you are, you’ll now have a snack handy. It’s not that you couldn’t wait out your hunger, but the tendency is to think about all the yummy foods you are trying so hard not to eat. Doing this sets you up for a massive binge once you do get to some food.

Instead, when you decide you are hungry, turn to your fruit for a quick, healthy snack. Give it a go and let me know what happens.

One Small Change Equals Big Weight Loss Results

Avoiding Winter Weight Gain

It’s that time of year. From a nip in the air to a massive snow and ice storm, there is a difference now. It’s colder and the tendency is to put on a few pounds. We’ve generally accepted that it is nature’s way of helping us provide a little extra winter fat — just in case. But how long since you last had a food shortage? This year can be different.

Make One Small Change

Today consider making one small change. When you make a small change, it is easier to handle, you are more likely to incorporate it into your daily life, and you are more likely to succeed, than if you try to make a global change to your whole way of being.

Add Instead of Taking Away

Start by adding more fresh fruit to your diet. Just for today, throw out your rules — if you follow any diet that forbids fruit — because fruit is too important to miss. Fruit is sweet, satisfying and full of vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids, and other things that your body requires for optimum health.

Choose a few fruits you particularly enjoy. I like apples, bananas, grapes, oranges … Buy a small amount of some of the harder types, such as apples, and start carrying around an apple everywhere you go.

What? Have you lost your mind? Hear me out. The idea is when hunger strikes (or what you think is hunger), no matter where you are, you’ll now have a snack handy. It’s not that you couldn’t wait out your hunger, but the tendency is to think about all the yummy foods you are trying so hard not to eat. Doing this sets you up for a massive binge once you do get to some food.

Instead, when you decide you are hungry, turn to your fruit for a quick, healthy snack. Give it a go and let me know what happens.