Part of making food fun is banishing hunger. When I’m celebrating, say at Christmas, I want to eat what I want with no restrictions. Then after the party time, in the new year for example, when I want to get back to normal. I want to balance out the indulgent party times with more modest leaner times to keep my weight on the right side of the scale.
Though I still want to have fun and that means enjoying food but eating less of it to restore the balance to my weight. To ensure this time of weight loss is not a time of boredom and something I have to suffer through I simply prefer to focus on quality instead of quantity. That means taste, texture and excitement matter most because if I’m going to have less then I need to make every morsel count and that means combining quality flavours with quality ingredients and nutrients.
So while I can indulge my waistline at parties like Christmas I also indulge my passion to learn about food, taste and ingredients in the normal non party calmer part of life.
It sounds simple but, if you’ve actually tried it, you’ll know that your body and the signals it gives you often get in the way. Hunger is obviously the main problem because when you go from eating a lot of anything to eating less you’re going to feel hungry. In fact I used to worry that maybe hunger was a sign that I was missing nutrients and stuff because I was concerned that by eating less I could be starving my body of vital nutrients.
So I wrote about my experience with hunger and how I figured it out and now I know how to adjust between times of plenty and times when I’m cutting down. I minimise the hunger and know why it’s there which puts me in control when I want to stop getting hungry.
I’m empowered because I’ve gained control and at the same time I know that what I am eating is good for me and giving me all I need. It’s not deficient in nutrients and I know that I’ll be happy in the long term because the few short days where my body and mind is adjusting to eating less won’t last long and I now have many ways to make that transition much easier.
Try it out
I’ve found focusing on these 4 approaches to managin my hunger really helpful and I have control over it without thinking now. The idea that I couldn’t control my hunger seems distant and strange to me now because I’ve become so used to being in control of it.
Having control means I don’t fear indulging myself because I can get back control any time I want. My stomach and hunger no longer rule me so I have no fear and a life with less fear is always a life with more fun.
So what are you waiting for? Try it out and let me know how it goes for you. If you have any questions just get in touch on facebook, twitter or mail.
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This article originally appeared as hunger tips on my previous blog.