When you just starting to build- or should I say, “uncover” your healthy thin mentality your body may need patience as you learn what hunger feels like.
Of course you are new at this and your body is confused.
Your best tool is to stay in the present. Calmy- Am I hungry- not sure? Try a bit? Feel better? sometimes that just desire to eat IS hunger- Hunger is expressed in many ways with all of your senses Just as when you are attracted to another human- there could be many signs.
This is not weird of revolutionary. Mother Nature was going to make sure that we eat- so we survive. I used to ignore cues that I thought were not hunger. Now I know if I can’t get my mind off of food, I am indeed hungry, even if my stomach isn’t growling.
If you eat and your tastebuds are happy, happy- you were hungry- The way to lose weight with your healthy thin mentality is to DELAY eating more when that hunger stops signaling you to eat. You must pay attention to this and say- Could I be done? Could this be enough? Do I need more to calm hunger- YOU CAN DO THIS Give you self a chance!!
When I was a dieter, I answered these questions completely differently than I do now, with a healthy Thin Mentality.
I. If there is some food left on my plate, I
II. When I am about to go to bed and am hungry
III. When I know I have to get into a bathing suit in a week I
IV. When I am sick and know I am dehydrated I
V. When I go to a burrito bar,
When I was a dieter, I would answer these questions like this:
With my Healthy Thin Mentality, I answer these questions
Do you see how much better life is with a Healthy Thin Mentality? Don’t the dieter answers seem sad? But I want you to know this too: I understand that you want to be a nice weight. I know you want to fit into your favorite jeans. What I am trying to tell you, without body shaming anyone, is that your Healthy Thin Mentality will not only make you happier and de-stressed around food. It will get you to your best weight.
If I could scream this from the top of a mountain so that all dieters could hear this, I would. Help me scream this message. I can’t afford ads on TV!!
Eating really healthful foods, when you are hungry and crave them is great.
But I hear a lot of people express how “healthfully” they eat without any consideration of when and how much of that healthful food they eat. It is as if they believe that the more healthful food you eat, the healthier they will be.
But that is not true.
Eating an organic avocado when you are not hungry is not healthful.
Eating an organic avocado when you are hungry and crave it, is.
That difference may not seem enormous to you, but it is. In the first example, eating something “healthful” is a higher priority than listening to your body to know if your body needs food.
And if your body doesn’t need food, then eating, not matter what it is, is not in harmony with your hunger. And that disrespect of your body’s voice is not the way to build a healthy Thin Mentality that will bring you to your ideal weight, and a peaceful and stress-free relationship with eating and your body.
And there is some research out there that points to the value of giving your body a break from eating. For example, instead of eating a lot of small meals, eating less often. Interestingly, my healthy thin mentality has brought me to this kind of eating. I go for longer periods of time without eating than I did when I was a dieter. But please understand this very very important point: this behavior is in complete harmony with my own unique hunger rhythms. Whatever your unique hunger patterns dictate, respect them, whether your hunger demands that you eat less or more frequently.
As always, the moral of the story is to respect your body’s voice and these principles:
Oh yes, fun matters.
I watched a YouTube video from Bert Herring, M.D. who worked at the prestigious National Institute of Health. He developed the Fast Five diet and I wanted to learn more about it. I am always on the prowl for new diets because I want to see how they are packaging their messaging so I can warn you!
If you watch this video, please let me emphasize that I am not endorsing this diet.
Bottom line: We focus too much on food and eating perfectly. We fear hunger, instead of embracing it as a great communication tool from our body. We try to squish or cravings instead of trying to listen to them to understand what we need.
Your body wants to be in its ideal weight range. Let it take you there.