Archive for: April, 2013

Hunger and fatigue

0040-Lin-Chi-When-hungry-eat-your-rice-when-tired-close-your-eyes-quoteIn my book I talk about 14 strategies of behaving like a thin person.   One of the strategies is learning to interpret hunger versus fatigue.

When you are tired, it is much, much harder to interpret your body’s hunger and satiety signals.  So, give yourself the benefit of getting the rest you need while you are trying to develop your thin mentality.

Think about it.  Everything is harder when you are tired, right?  Even though I have lived with a thin mentality for over 10 years, I notice that when I am tired I have a harder time discerning what to eat.

Of course that is natural and normal.

What do I do when this happens?

I remind myself that getting the rest I need makes my life, including eating, way better.  And, I figure out a way to catch up on my rest.

Please don’t tell yourself that you just can’t find the time you need to rest or sleep.  Make it a priority.  Getting your body to a healthy, thin state requires eating and sleeping in response and in harmony with your body’s needs.

So simple and common sense.  But we try to make it more complicated.

I have learned not to over schedule myself.  I am more valuable to those around me if I am in touch with what I need to do and feel my best.  And this kind of self-care goes a long way toward keeping me thin and feeling good.

So- bottom line:  in order to stay in touch with your hunger and satiety and cravings, make sure your body is in good form-  and that means rested.  Life is better when you aren’t tired, and when you eat what you want when you are hungry.  🙂


Aren’t You Tired of Wasting Your Time?


Consider this:

  1. How much effort and money have you spent reading the latest diet book, buying the latest miracle food, and following the latest “perfect” nutrition plan?
  2. How much time and energy have you spent talking with friends about your latest dieting successes and failures?
  3. How much mental effort have you spent counting calories and obsessing over food choices?
  4. How much angst have you spent on self-recrimination over weight gain after weight loss?

And what is your reward for all of this effort?

Typically, our best efforts result in yo-yo weight loss/gain, and a perverted relationship with food and eating.

   What if these resources—our time, energy, effort, and money—were spent on something else?  What could we accomplish?

Replace your diet mentality with a thin mentality and not only will you normalize your relationship with food, you will have more time for other, more fulfilling endeavors in your life.

And, as you seek to replace your diet mentality with a thin mentality, remember, we are seeking progress, not perfection.  Seeking perfection is a diet mentality, and it cripples you.  Progress is the key.  Every day, seek to be a little more connected with your body.

Unlike dieting, when you build your thin mentality, there is no “falling off the wagon.”  Just stay in the present and follow our one principle:  Eat when you are hungry.  When your hunger is quiet, stop eating.  You can enjoy more food as soon as your hunger re-awakens.  And it will, soon!

And if you feel like you ate when you weren’t hungry, learn from it.  Next time, you will realize it sooner.  Sometime you may stop eating too early, learn from that too.

By paying attention to your body, you will get to know your natural hunger and satiety cues.  And your thin mentality will grow stronger and stronger.

Rejecting the diet industry takes persistent fortification.  So, check in often.  And please, share your comments. Your stories help others.  Or share on Facebook!