5 things to manage those hunger pangs

Hey folks

I’m sure that food talks sometimes! I might be sitting in my living room but I can hear the entire contents of the fridge shouting out my name! “Erika, eat me. Go on. You know you want to”!!

So, I thought I’d share my top 5 tips if you’re feeling hungry .

  1. Check whether you’re thirsty instead. Thirst is super clever at disguising itself as hunger so a drink may be what you really need after all. If you don’t think you’re thirsty, drink anyway. Apparently, we’ve already hit the point of being dehydrated when we feel thirsty so having a drink isn’t a bad idea and it may fill you up.
  2. Distract yourself. Get walking or anything to get you moving. I now throw myself into a workout or focus on getting a job done around the house because at least moving will do my body some good. But, alternatively, put on some telly and get absorbed in a movie. By the time it finishes, it might be a regular meal time.
  3. If you’ve nothing at all to distract you, delay eating. Wait for 30 minutes before again checking with yourself about whether food is what you want or whether it’d been a fleeting thought. And then ask yourself “Do I want that slice of bread or do I want to see those scales move?” If it’s late, would it be best just going to bed?
  4. If you’re at the point of deciding that your body needs food, make good choices. What can you have that will fill you up which is the least calorific / least sugar-ladden / least fatty? What will leave you feeling the least guilty afterwards?
  5. And if you’ve found that something a bit unhealthy is the answer, be mindful about access and speed. Rather than bring a pack of cookies into the living room, take one from the kitchen. Then, you’ll have to walk to get another one rather than subconsciously work your way through the packet and wonder who’s eaten them! And slow down your speed. Put down the cookie after each mouthful (yes, eating a cookie in one go is most unlady like!) and taste the food. Think about how the food is tasting, what parts of your mouth it’s touching, etc.

For me, the above is really working well. Beforehand, food would disappear in no time at all and I wouldn’t have any recollection of what I’d eaten. I would just know that food had disappeared and it was trying to solve some unmet need. Especially in the late afternoons, I now find that if I keep myself busy doing something, I don’t think about food and I can hang on until dinner time. And if I do slip, I review what happened and what I can learn from it. I’m no weight-loss genius and I don’t always get it right but doing the above certainly helps me along my way. I’m going to blog in the next few weeks about emotional eating.

Before I sign off, I said that I’d tell you what I treated myself to when I hit the 32.5 BMI mark. I ordered a bouquet of flowers! They’re just gorgeous! If you’d like to read my post about weight loss rewards, please feel free to check it out here

Hope you all have a good weekend and I’ll be back on Monday with my next weigh-in

Love Erika xx

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