Halloween Hang-Over

By Robyn Priebe
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My steampunk pumpkin carving. I love this more than the candy!

Last night I awoke at 2:00 AM hungry.  This is not a normal occurrence for me, but it’s also not the norm for me to eat salad and candy for dinner either.  Last night being Halloween I was able to enjoy quite a few mini peanut butter cups.  I didn’t feel too hungry for a regular dinner, so I had a large green salad and 1/2 a sandwich.  Normally I need more than that, but not after the candy.  There is no doubt in my mind that this high sugar, low protein dinner was what cause my night-time hunger.

I’m not disappointed by this outcome, just intrigued by it.  I’m at the point where I do not judge my food choices; I just observe and use that info to drive future choices.  Is it the worst thing in the world to need to eat and 2 AM?  No.  Do I want to do that every night?  No way….I like sleeping too much.  So, going forward I’m probably not going to have a dinner similar to what I had yesterday any time soon because I don’t love the way it made me feel. 

Once you can take judgement out of the equation, it’s very interesting to start noticing your physical reaction to food choices.  Eliminating the thoughts about:

  • “eating bad foods”
  • worrying about weight gain
  • expected future deprivation – “so get it now while the gettin’s good”
  • self-fulfilling prophecy – “I always over eat on this food” – so you then follow through with that action
  • all or nothing thinking – “candy’s not on my diet, so I’d better eat it all and get rid of it”

can help a person focus on what they like & what makes them feel well.  All the other distractions above interfere with one’s ability to pay attention these factors.

 What have you noticed about your reaction to specific foods via practicing intuitive eating?

3 Responses (Add Yours)

  • Robyn, this was a great post — I think it help me understand on a much deeper level what it means to notice behavior without judgment. Sometimes that distinction eludes me. Anyway, thank you.

  • Jill says:

    When you really tune into your body’s signals, the results can be very interesting!! For example, hot chocolate really bothers my stomach. (I had been drinking it for years!) It’s funny how you can miss what your body is trying to tell if you are not fully present with each bite/sip you take. Slowing down is key, & so counter-cultural in our society of fast food & eating on the run.

    I really like your approach to experiences with food. They are not mistakes, just lessons along the journey. A reminder to get curious.

    Great blog today!

  • Robyn says:

    Thanks for the feedback everyone! Sherry, I’m glad it was helpful. It is a tough thing to lose the judgement and just notice, but I treat it almost like a science experiment. Jill, yes I agree that it’s so interesting to notice the results of certain eating patterns. I totally agree, nothing is a mistake, just something to be learned from if I didn’t love the outcome.

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