Saturday, January 9, 2010

Just One Thing: Hunger

This is the first of my "just one thing" reminders. It's like a quick strategy review. I hope you find them useful!

I can't remember where I read this but it stuck with me. How can you tell if you're truly hungry? If you're hungry enough to eat a small apple or a handful of baby carrots then you are hungry. If not, it may be boredom or something else. If it's hunger, then by all means, eat something delicious and nutritious. If it's not, find out what it is and provide it. Call a friend, hug your child or pet, go to the mirror and tell yourself that you are beautiful, put on your favorite song and dance, watch your favorite movie, give yourself a facial, contact me and I'll give you a pep talk.

Food is not the answer to any other question than a rumbling tummy.


  1. This post puts it in perspective.
    Thank you!

  2. This is great advice, and something I am going to try and implement. I have a desk job, and notice myself snacking out of boredom or stress so often. It's a great idea to stop and ask yourself what's causing that feeling, rather than just turning to stuff something into your mouth. I also find myself, when stressed, feeding myself negative thoughts like, "I deserve to eat this because _______ happened." or "It's not going to hurt if I have just a few." and before you know it, half the bag of chips is gone. I know you have addressed this kind of unproductive self-talk before. What do you find is the best way to get through those moments?

  3. True. Being hungry is hard to get used to, though. Something I struggle with!

  4. One of my favorite quotes is "If hunger isn't the problem, food isn't the answer." Thanks for the reminder!

  5. Yes, whenever I would tell my father I was hungry, he’d say “Have a carrot.” If I declined, he would say “You’re not hungry. Go out and play.”