At 11 a.m. I wanted lunch. I snacked at 10 a.m., so I wasn’t sure why lunch sounded good so soon after my morning snack.
I fixed myself a small bowl of cottage cheese, topped with blueberries and pumpkin pie spice in an effort to hold off on lunch for another hour or two.
It was delicious, but lunch was apparently on my mind and 30 minutes later, I sat down to enjoy my mid-day meal.
I fixed myself a bowl of roasted Brussels sprouts, topped with two dippy eggs and a toasted whole wheat English muffin.
“Yolk sauce” is so yummy. It adds the perfect punch of flavor and moisture to roasted veggies.
After I finished my lunch, I realized something. I wasn’t hungry when I sat down to eat my lunch. Not even a little bit. I just wanted lunch.
I think part of the reason I kept thinking about lunch today was because I wanted a breather from working on two separate freelance articles. I’ve noticed that I’ll occasionally eat as a way to procrastinate doing actual work.
In general, I make goals for myself like “finish this article and then it’s snack time” and that helps me stay on track, but sometimes it’s best for me to just eat, get that “distraction” out of my head and sit back down and plow through the day’s workload. I was much more productive after eating today, that’s for sure. Without dippy eggs calling to me from the kitchen, researching became lot less cumbersome, even though I wasn’t actually hungry for lunch before I ate.
I think that using food as a distraction is something a lot of us struggle with from time to time. I was talking to one of my best friends the other day who said that she almost always eats the lunch that she packs for herself by 10:30 a.m. every day. She said it’s not necessarily because she’s hungry, but because eating lunch is a lot more fun than working and serves as a distraction.
I eat when I’m hungry, that’s for sure, but I definitely eat when I’m not hungry a little too often. Eating and preparing food is just plain fun to me, but I know I should listen to my body’s hunger cues a little more closely at times. I find that I eat because it’s “time” to eat or simply out of habit and this is when I seem to overeat and become uncomfortably full.
I try not to worry about it for the most part, but sometimes it’s good to remind myself to listen to my body’s natural hunger cues, not my mind telling me to eat to get out of real work, cleaning or other not-so-fun activities.
I cannot help but see the correlation between my Sunday baking habit and the fact that Sunday is typically the day that Ryan and I tackle cleaning the house… Am I baking and eating cookies for fun or am I eating cookies to avoid cleaning the bathroom?
The other day I received an e-newsletter from a company that outlined the principles behind intuitive eating:
- Reject the Diet Mentality
- Honor Your Hunger
- Make Peace with Food
- Challenge the Food Police
- Respect Your Fullness
- Discover the Satisfaction Factor
- Honor Your Feelings Without Using Food
- Respect Your Body
- Exercise and Feel the Difference
- Honor Your Health
The Intuitive Eating website goes into much more detail about these principles and I feel like the principles do a great job of highlighting the importance of listening to your body, fueling it properly and being present when you eat.
Eating when you’re actually hungry… who would’ve thought? Sounds simple, but in many cases it’s not.
Question of the Afternoon
- Do you find yourself eating when you’re not hungry? When?