Daily Archives: 01.30.2012

Identify and listen to my hunger cues.

Most important issue of business: Blogger-users, if you don’t have your comments set to accept Name/URL as a commenter option, open it up.  I know I’ve been having terrible problems lately trying to comment on Blogger-run blogs and I just have this feeling that I’m not the only one.

Now that we’ve addressed that, the big show.

This week in Healthy Living Resolutions, #2 Identify and listen to my hunger cues.

What we already know: I am terrible at being hungry.  Because I learned long ago that when my stomach growls, I’m usually just extremely thirsty.  When I’m officially, beyond-a-shadow-of-a-doubt hungry?  I’m either past the point of hangriness or feel extremely nauseous.

Marcus likes to compare it to that scene in The Devil Wears Prada where Emily Blunt’s character describes her diet as waiting until she feels as if she’s going to pass out before eating a cube of cheese.

How useful.  Right?

Right.

So for me, learning about my hunger cues has just as much to do with what I’m hungry for as it does learning when I’m hungry.

I know we’ve all been in that place where we eat everything in the house in search of what it is that we actually want. OR we eat every “healthy” thing in our pantry to avoid eating a small bit of the “unhealthy” option that we really want.

In both situations, we end up eating a lot more of things that we have no interest in consuming than in the things that we actually do.

It’s actually kind of hysterical, except for the part where it’s not, because we do this to ourselves all the time.

Obviously we can’t eat what we crave every single time.  A world covered in sprinkles and frosting (while delicious) will take you…somewhere.  But that place is probably not on the other side of the finish line.

When I find myself in the mood to munch, I try to figure out what it is that I actually want.  Things like “salty” or “sweet” are too vague.  Things like “cookie” or “green?”  Are absolutely more useful.

Tonight, I found myself in a house without cookies (not even in the freezer! ).  So it only makes sense that I was craving a Oreo.  It was exactly what wasn’t going to materialize from the cabinet in front of me.

But what I did have were graham crackers, fig butter from Trader Joe’s and peanut butter from Hell’s Kitchen.  Crunchy.  Salty.  Sweet.  Creamy.

MUCH closer to The Real Thing than, say, dark chocolate.  Yes, it’s an all time favorite.  And it will always hold a special place in my heart.  But it will never, ever be a cookie.  Chopped to bits and folded in one?  Maybe.

It’s the same way in which I’ve come to the place where I’ve been snarfing Blood Oranges like they’re giving them away, and tossing bits of shredded coconut in my morning oatmeal like I live on some sort of tropical island.

I’m trying to enjoy little bits (or large bits for those less calorie-dense foods) of things I really want.  Which at this moment in time, probably resembles a Pina Colada more closely than anything else.  But it’s much better than choosing to eat lots of bits that will just leave me wanting (and eating!) more.

Where Intuitive Eating never made any sense to me, this is actually starting to.

What do you do to avoid eating everything in the pantry when a craving strikes?

What are the little luxuries that make your meals/snacks fabulous?