Healthy Eating – Who Says Deprivation Leads to Overeating?



Oh yeah, we do!

I’m late posting again. I’ve been very busy lately and what happens to me when I’m busy? I forget to eat. And by the time those old hunger pangs are panging, I’ve waited too long. Dang it, foiled again!

And as sure as I want my apple candied, I’ll miss the opportunity to eat a little something in the afternoon because I’ve had a late lunch just an hour before I’d normally grab a healthy snack.

Let’s face it, nothing goes right when you don’t feed yourself. It’s happened to me more than once this week. In fact, most nights this week, I’ve arrived home and barely slipped my briefcase off my shoulder before I’m rummaging through the refrigerator for something to eat…anything…’Just get me some food, I’m starving!!’.

I know better. We all know better. But still, it happens. I will say this, at least these days I’m aware of what I’m doing. I can feel it happening. The anxiousness when I’m finally around food – what am I going to eat, will it be what I want, can I get it fast and will I get enough? Usually, I’m ‘picking’ while I’m deciding. Another tell tale sign of mindLESSness!

There is typically more than one culprit when my behavior goes all willywompus. First, I’ve skipped breakfast. Second, I’ve allowed myself to say yes to some kind of business comitment too close to lunch, so it gets pushed back an hour…or two. I eat a late lunch. I skip an afternoon snack. And that’s all it takes to get the ball rolling.

The old saying, tomorrow is another day doesn’t apply here. There’s no such thing as a perfect day, a perfect eater. So, even though I’m not that hungry right now, I’m off to get an apple, because history tells me I’ll enjoy and it will allow me to get back on track before dinnertime. Besides, I need a break.

Tommorrow? I’ll be packin’! (A lunch and snack, that is).

4 responses to “Healthy Eating – Who Says Deprivation Leads to Overeating?”

  1. The worst is when you’re hungry and can’t eat at the moment, and then later, when you can eat, you don’t feel that hungry any more because you’ve broken through the “hunger barrier” as I call it. BUT, once you start eating, you realize you’re famished and wolf everything down without hardly tasting it. Oh, and the fattiest fried foods sound best. Maybe that’s just me? lol.

  2. Rosie says:

    I used to be a real skipper of meals, whether it was by choice or I just didn’t have time. It was great for a while weight fell off, but a few years on and I wish I had eaten properly, as over the past twelve months the missed meals have started to catch up with me, meaning I have to work even harder to maintain my weight

  3. Lyn says:

    I learned the hard way NOT to let myself get hungry. I used to get in the super-grocery-store and by the end of shopping I was famished. I would buy a box of donuts and a carton of chocolate milk and inhale them in the parking lot. Now, I do a couple of things differently. I keep a baggie of roasted almonds in my purse. I keep a bottle of water in my car. And, when I am heading out of a grocery store, starving, I buy myself a fresh pear. Something about a fresh pear is so sweet, juicey and filling. Better than any candy bar.

  4. Helene says:

    Some good common sense about forming health eating habits. Thanks for your contribution to my Take Charge of Your Health Care Carnival.

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