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?