Hi,Just read your journal.Wow you are doing so good. RAS
Thanks RAS - although I dont always put everything into action, I have learned a lot the past few months.
Yeah, realizing you don't have to eat the second you're a tiny bit hungry has been a big revelation to me, too. It's funny how much it's drilled into us that we have to eat every 2-3 hours.
That is certainly true. I've been watching my true hunger more and more every day. As well as other body signals and how I react to them. Yet hunger is the one I want to satisfy at the first signs, or at least did. That is the conditioning of years. The fear of feeling hungry - the belief that I'll pass out or get faint or something bad if I do something else before I eat. ???? That is learned behavior, and I can unlearn it!
In a similar vein, I had a casual lunch the other day with a couple friends at one of their homes. What impressed me was how little either of these women ate. I've noticed this before with other people in the past when watching 'normal people's' eating habits, but this time coupled with watching hunger, and delaying eating,
I was reminded of it again.
So now I'll add that to my current eating 'practice exercises'. Now, I will notice true hunger, and wait longer before I eat. And when I eat, I'll serve myself less, and eat it with enjoyment. And wait. If I am still hunger in 30 minutes or so, I'll eat more. If I am not, I'll wait till true physical hunger returns. I am not intending to starve or deprive myself, just to eat less in general and at the same time feel comfortable.
I have always had a tendency to eat past satisfaction and on to mostly full. (Thankfully not to 'stuffed' anymore.) This morning I prepared one of my favorites - glorified steamed veggies, etc, but only served myself 2/3rds of my usual. I ate slowly and with relish - and it was enough. I was satisfied.
I did not get truly hungry again till a number of hours later. And the rest of that veggie mix (including legumes) is what I had for lunch, plus some fruit. And a nice cup of cocoa.
And I was not hungry again till dinner.
For years I watched how naturally thin people ate to decode 'the secret'. I learned things but was unable to implement them all since I still had eating issues. But I am thinking I am ready, and now is my time. I'll just have to concentrate more than they do since it does not come naturally to me. Yet.
Dendra reaches comfortable satiety after eating lunch: