Week 30- Eat when you're hungry

To become aware of food and only eat when you're hungry not at pre determined meal times

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Aha is Chris psychic I wondered as I played the video for this week’s experiment ….I had just decided it was time to look into my diet once again after letting things slip over the last few months, busy, busy with the move, work etc etc . It was now time for me to look after myself a bit better. Even with the dog walking my waistband had been expanding but I was just so focused on getting everything done I had decided to ignore it and put it in a box for later.. easier to grab a sandwich and eat while working rather than registering what I was actually eating. Now everything ish that can be done is done this week was perfect timing.

I have been totally on auto pilot regarding eating for some time. My boys are always hungry and even quite often ‘hangry*' and I shop and cook with them in mind often ignoring what I would like but I don’t like the idea of separate meals for everyone. Brought up traditionally to eat three meals a day- I have most of my adult life skipped breakfast but I tend to make up for it at night with a little crackers and cheese and a packet of crisps after tea which I think boils down to boredom more than actually being hungry! Let’s not get into who calls what when… being Welsh it is doubly confusing when dinner means lunch and oh you get the picture!

So how did it go… 5 days in and I have stuck to it, some days I have skipped lunch some days I haven’t. I still don’t eat breakfast. I’m drinking more water and I am eating by the table to become more aware. I know I eat with my eyes and often they are too big for my belly but I love plates of colourful food with a little bit of everything to try. I like trying new things and the only thing so far in life I couldn’t stomach was some grilled octopus tentacles in Greece many years ago where I could feel myself starting to go weak at the table at the thought of them until my friend Demetri moved them away. I’m quite enjoying the challenge to be honest- but I have noticed a huge amount of saboteurs in my life ( who are masquerading as my friends)– go on have a cake, no thank you I’m not hungry, come on have some onion rings, no thank you I’m not hungry , do you fancy a glass of wine…oh er go on then.... but that’s when gratitude kicks in…love them.The only thing I can't say no to is a smiley face cappuccino hungry or not.

Happy holidays everyone see you soon.

* When you are so hungry that your lack of food causes you to become angry, frustrated or both.

Fiona Dolben

Acupuncturist, holistic therapist, content creator., Hemp Holisitics

I'm a single parent of ONE lovely lanky teenager.. I live in deepest rural Wales . My 'proper' job is in marketing and events but I am also a trained reflexologist, masseur and reiki giver (go figure!) I also look after my Mum who is in her late 80's, my dog Ted, my cat Black and my hens and goldfish...my dream is to have a small holding and offer people holidays in my teepee and maybe the odd therapy ....so as you can see I am a mass of contradictions.... I like to walk, do yoga, eat salad and visit new places but I also like to drive fast, Feast ice lollies, vodka on Friday's with friends(, which leads to dancing in my kitchen) my coffee , and staying up late... I can be outgoing but also extremely shy so like the rest of you I am still trying to figure it out one day at a time...


Go to the profile of Jacqui
over 5 years ago
I too plan to take more care. Now summer hols started no excuses- quite excited to see how this experiment goes. Your success has given me some inspiration!
Go to the profile of Vanessa
over 5 years ago
Oh, how well I know those saboteurs! Well done resisting them!
Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
over 5 years ago
Glad you managed to calm some of those gremlins; great insight, thanks Fi. C x