Yesterday I had a breakthrough at work.
I was sitting at my desk after eating my lunch (I know you’re not supposed to eat lunch at your desk, and I often don’t as I try to walk at lunch) and I realized I was still hungry and wanted to go up the hill for something sweet from the grocery store. The thing was, I knew that I wasn’t actually hungry anymore, I was bored.
I was bored because I was at work, and the internet is locked, and I was listening to an audio book that I had listened to before (Born to run, highly suggested) so I already knew what was going to happen. I acknowledged to myself that I was bored and that I need something to do.
So I downloaded a new audio book and started to listen to it. Instantly I was engrossed in the book, and as a little time went by I was not hungry anymore as I started to digest my lunch and my body knew it didn’t need anything more. The breakthrough was controlling the urge to eat more and forming a new habit to actively analyzing why I thought I was still hungry.
I might not be able to do this all the time, but as we try to watch what we eat or stick to those resolution diets, we need to be vigilant for those queues that are telling us we are hungry, because most of the time you’re not hungry, you’re bored, or thirsty, or simply in a habit of eating. Looking at these eating habits will aid you in your efforts to continue to be healthy.