In my years of dieting, I deprived myself. No, that cookie is bad! I am such a fat ugly you name it if I eat that chicken wing. Don’t have that cookie, someone probably sneezed on it (though when people say that to avoid eating something “bad” it is totally not a deterrent to me).
I was hungry all the time. All the time.
I thought about food all the time. All the time. It probably made me hungry. I was obsessed.
I thought of points, how life would be better if I lost the weight (Ha!) and what the hell was I going to eat next?
When will I eat next?
OMG, is that too many points???????
Recently, I made the mistake of going a long long time without eating and when I did, boy was I ravenous. If I go to the store when I am hungry, I know I buy way too much stuff that I don’t really want or need. It is just a never ending cycle that has me back where I started.
As I have been putting all that back over the last two weeks with more success some days than on other days, I know start Phase 2 of Intuitive Eating – Honoring My Hunger.
Is that my stomach I hear?
I am going to judge my hunger several times a day on a scale of 1 – Empty to 10 – Thanksgiving full.
I am a huge emotional eater – so I will use my LAMBS questions as well.
Am I Lonely? (huge huge huge trigger)
Am I Angry?
Am I Miserable?
Am I Bored? (another huge trigger)
Am I Sad?
Stomach, it is time I listen and trust you.