Being A Little Hungry Isn’t An Emergency

We’re creatures of habit, aren’t we?
the clock hits a certain time and we respond with eating, because that’s habit.
It doesn’t matter if we’re physically hungry or not, it’s “time to eat”.
The popular term seems to be “head hunger”.
In “the olden days” of dieting, the trick was to drink a glass of water, then wait 20 minutes. If you were still hungry, then you’d eat.
But it’s funny.
You can be toodling along, doing whatever, no hunger at all then you look at the clock “it’s noon, boy am I hungry!”.
Just one of those little dieting demons we wrestle with daily.
A popular diet guru stated “If you’re hungry, you should eat. If you’re starving, you should have eaten 20 minutes ago”.
Really? In most cases: no. We’re hungry, we could eat, but starving?
Have we gone days without a morsel of food? No, you were slightly hungry 20 minutes ago, and you’re more hungry now but no, we’re not starving.
It’s a comfort most of us have: food is available all the time.
We rarely, if ever, know real, actual hunger.
So the next time you’re “starving”, take a deep breath, have some hot tea or coffee or water, and wait a few minutes.


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