Eat When Hungry
Week 30 of 'The Great Wake Up!'
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!