“We have hundreds of genes that protect us from starvation, but very few that protect us from overeating.” Dr. Mark Hyman
I read this line while reading Dr. Hyman’s book “The Blood Sugar Solution” and a light bulb went off. So many people tell me how they are really getting to know their hunger well – but noticing fullness and/or satisfaction is still a struggle. You are all correct and on the right track. Biology says so. Personal history says so. Our rising obesity rates say so.
So this week I’d like to offer you one idea. One area to let yourself off the hook.
Instead of :
-Worrying that you are eating too much.
-Not waiting the “20 minutes for the brain to register that you are no longer hungry.”
-Beating yourself up every time you get that yucky overeating feeling.
I want you to try the following: Don’t get too hungry.
(If you do get too hungry – no worries. You’ll get a chance to try again between each snack and meal. No need to get down on yourself, you’re learning! I know that you can get this and that we all get excessively hungry sometimes.)
Notice what is different for you if you let yourself eat when you are slightly hungry instead of “STARVING!” What happens if you have a snack right after work because you are hungry even though dinner is in an hour? What is it like to eat without worrying if someone is judging you for eating a second helping, or ordering fries AND a burger because it really does sound good to you?
Since this is an experiment and will be nothing but learning and fun post your questions below, and if you’d be so kind, answer the following two questions. I’d love to hear your answers:
1. What scares you the most about this idea
2. What excites you the most about this idea.
Here’s to snacks in every purse!