Eat When Hungry

Week 30 of 'The Great Wake Up!'

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Eat when I'm hungry - it kind of makes sense really, because why else would you eat if not because you are hungry? Apart from the obvious answer of staying healthy of course.

I quickly discovered the answer to that one. During moments of boredom I often find myself heading towards the snacks cupboard looking for something to nibble on. All to find something to do. I knew I did this but never realised just how much time I spent rummaging around trying to find the perfect thing to eat to keep me going for a bit.

I have said before that I am woman who likes her routine, and this was even more apparent during this week's experiment. I came to learn that I usually eat at the same time, eating a similar amount each day, and very often eating the same things.

In some ways the times I eat are dictated by specific factors, such as when I have my break at work, when my family eat or what I have planned in terms of social activities. Sometimes it can be a case of fitting in food when I can or around other activities.

I found this a difficult thing to change, because it would mean impacting on other things that I really value.

However, I was successful in being more aware of those snacks that I munch on in between meals. Whenever I found myself reaching out for something, whether at home or at work, I stopped and asked myself whether I was genuinely hungry or just wanting to eat something because it was there. And there was a lot there this week - there were birthdays which means a lot of cake! The hot weather meant that more time was spent outdoors with snacks in tow.

There was a lot of temptation. And when I was genuinely hungry I ate them, but when I wasn't I was able to turn them down. Which felt like quite an achievement.

I've been saying that I wanted to try going on a diet for some time - one of those things that never seems to actually happen! But maybe I don't need to. Maybe this is the way to go - enjoying snacks when I'm hungry and not because I'm bored, and just being more aware. So simple!


I started off as a Great Wake Up! blogger but that wonderful project has sadly come to an end so now I am writing about being an introvert. I, like many other introverts, can feel lost as more and more value is placed on the number of connections we make rather than their quality. I often find myself in situations where I don't fit in and where louder people get a greater share of the focus. I am regularly seen as 'the quiet one' as if somehow that is a bad thing, when in fact, I think it's a pretty good thing. This blog is about my journey to find out more about the introvert personality and embrace my quiet side.


Go to the profile of Sam Bragg
over 5 years ago
Just reading that has made me feel hungry - now I need a nibble!.
Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
over 5 years ago
Great news Preeti, loving that simplicity was the key, hope it carries on working for you, Chris x