Babies, who can’t express themselves in any ways except crying and smiling (at least in the beginning, before they can communicate via expressions and words) are incredibly attuned to their needs … and once those needs are met, they move on. They eat til they’re full, sleep til they’re not tired, stop playing when they’re bored … They don’t dwell, there’s no guilt, there’s no nothing except the here and now.
[Until three hours later when another need arises, that is!]
They are so absolutely in tune with their own bodies that it’s almost mind-blowing that we adults (who live in a world of excess food and minimal sleep, who play Words with Friends instead of hitting the hay even though we are bone-tired … ) need to retrain ourselves to get back to that place of primitiveness and simplicity. Continue reading “Tune in to yourself … like a baby”→
Yesterday I snacked a LOT during the day. It was one of those bottomless pit days where it wasn’t mindless eating but rather can’t-get-satisfied-eating. Since I’m journaling from a nutrient standpoint, I also know were I was at calorically and trust me when I say, this mamacita-to-be had eaten plenty … PLENTY ;).
And so it wasn’t surprising when I got home from work and wasn’t hungry. Still, I had some watermelon and a handful of Tostitos simply because my husband was snacking on them and, well, they were there ;). Plus watermelon is my most favorite food in all the world and I can never say no to it. I LIVED off that stuff in El Salvador… memories! Continue reading “Holy HUNGER, Batman!!”→
Yesterday I fasted for Yom Kippur, and it never ceases to amaze me – if I actually allow myself to feel hungry (vs fearing it) – how good it feels.
Now please know, I am not endorsing deliberate starvation by any stretch of the imagination; this is a once-a-year fast that I do in observance of my religion on the holiest day of the year.
A day (24 hrs, sundown to sundown) of fasting showed me that the human body is a complicated thing, and I think in a way, it helped reset my hunger queues; helped teach me what true hunger is. Continue reading “Feeling Hunger”→
Speaking of “are you hungry?” … the past two days, my hunger levels have been super-high around 4. The uncomfortable gnawing, pit-in-my-tummy sensation, which means lunch — though it felt perfect — clearly hasn’t been substantial enough.
Knowing I will be exercising after work and could surely benefit from the fuel — and not having any almonds or fruit on hand — I’ve taken to making a packet of instant oatmeal, still in my desk from the winter. Continue reading “Check This Out!”→
Last night after work, I drove to the gym to get in a last workout for the week … and turned around.
I was seriously so proud of myself. It’s so very rare I do that (I can count twice in the past 6 months — both of which have been documented here)
But this week alone (my “week” goes Friday to Friday) I had burned an awesome 3300 calories in exercise (per my heart rate monitor — I usually aim for 2800-3000) and have been sticking to my SP range, never going above the max limit.
So I didn’t need the exercise, and knew a night off would probably be beneficial for my muscles. In addition to that, I was wiped out after a restless night’s sleep the previous night … and the biggest factor of all: I was genuinely hungry and knew a workout would only make me want to eat more later.
All of these factore led to the rational, calm, sane decision to take a night off.
I went home intending to just unwind with my husband, since this has been a stressful week for both of us and we hadn’t spent much time together.