This morning I fired up the old email, to find the Robb Wolf newsletter in my inbox. I get a lot of newsletters. Sometimes I read them, sometimes I don’t. I am glad I had some extra time this morning to read this one, which asked: “What Kind of Hungry Are You?”
It was a good article, and a good reminder. I definitely find myself wanting to eat just because of a particular situation, and not because of true hunger. Sometimes I am bored. Sometimes I want something fun to eat while I watch a movie. Sometimes it’s “time” to eat, so I eat even if I’m not hungry. ETC., ETC., ETC.
So today at lunch, I paid attention. At noon, I looked at the clock, and automatically thought “FOOOOOOOD.”
Then, I stopped and asked myself “W.H.A.I.?” or “Which Hungry Am I?”
The answer was: “Automatic lunchtime hungry.” And once I REALLY thought about it, I realized I wasn’t physically hungry at all. I ended up having lunch a good hour later.
Tonight, my husband and I went to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Beer & Burger Joint. I had a great spinach salad with warm bacon dressing, and a fantastic bun-less burger. Plenty of food. But afterward, I usually get an urge for a scoop of ice cream (or, if I am really out of my gourd, a root beer float). This, despite the fact that I KNOW I’ll get an uncomfortable sugar rush from it, and end up regretting the decision.
Tonight I asked myself, “W.H.A.I.?” The answer was, “automatic dessert craving.” And no, I was not hungry at all. Instead, I ruminated on the fresh cherries and dried mango at home, which I enjoy eating, and which doesn’t cause any ill-effects like the sugary ice cream would.
As my Uncle G. likes to say: “Hunger is the best appetizer.”