• Emma Green

How to honour your hunger

Today I’m covering the second principle in the book Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. I’d really recommend you to read the book as the authors really dig deep into each of the principles and there are lots of useful exercises to help implement them. ⠀ Eating according to hunger cues means getting in touch with what you’re feeling. Hunger doesn’t just mean your stomach rumbling, it can be low energy, a sense of being light-headed, a lack of concentration and feeling irritable. If you have a long history of eating according to a meal plan or tracking calories/macros then you may struggle with recognising these indications, particularly the more subtle ones. However, with practice you will come to notice all of these as signs of hunger. As well as recognising hunger, it’s also important not to judge it. Maybe you ate breakfast an hour ago so think you shouldn’t be hungry yet. It’s easy to ignore this hunger but it’s so important to acknowledge it and eat regardless of how recently you ate. If you don’t, you’re likely to become hangry which makes the next time you eat a lot less enjoyable. Eating sufficient amounts to satisfy hunger is also important. Trying to eat as little as possible will leave you perpetually hungry and feeling deprived. Contextual factors can come into play here though. For example, if you’re going out to dinner at a restaurant in an hour or two, you might opt for a small snack rather than a large one so that you can enjoy both the snack and your dinner. Eat enough throughout the day and you’ll be happier, more energised and much more able to concentrate on your activities.

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