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Guilty about food craving?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Since when did I start getting frustrated and guilty every time I get hungry?

This week is another crazy one for me... one of the craziest of the year, in many ways. So I'm going going going yesterday, and while I was running errands started thinking "I want this" "I want that" when it comes to food. I was irritated that I was craving food and feeling guilty about wanting it.

And then I realized it was 6 pm; no wonder I was craving food. I was hungry.

Perfectly normal.

So why? Perhaps because I used to rarely feel hungry? I used to eat out of obligation for my body, because I knew I needed food. Even now I'm out of synch with my body. I'm not very good at recognizing the difference between hungry and cravings and I still have to watch it or I forget to heat because I still often don't register feeling hungry.

I shouldn't feel guilty about wanting food at regular intervals. It's the body's way of saying, "hey now, I need fuel." We need food to be healthy, active, functioning people. And yet several times this past week I have caught that combination of feeling angry with my body and guilty about craving food only to realize that it's my normal meal time.

Speaking of which... it's 2 pm and I haven't eaten yet. So I am going to go get something to eat.
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  • 4CYNDI
    Hey, you are making progress. You are realizing that there is a difference between cravings and true hunger. You are making the choice of what to eat and supporting your body better. Congrats on that step.

    As for feeling guilty, I think it is an old mindset that was imposed by either yourself or others that because you/we are overweight we shouldn't need to eat. What a load. Now that you recognize it you can work on it. Keep up the great work!
    3463 days ago
    Yeah it sucks that our bodies know how to play emotional cards to try to get our brain to feed it! The only thing you can do is try to get back on kind of a schedule to make sure you are feeding your body regularly and with ok foods at least. You will get back in the groove, I know you can!
    3473 days ago
    It is SO easy to get out of synch with our bodies, and start getting really irritated with things that are totally normal. There's no reason for you to feel guilty for needing to eat, it's the only way your body has to fuel itself! Just keep telling yourself that you need the fuel, the fuel keeps your body going, keeps it healthy, keeps that metabolism firing, so that you can keep making those strides forward in your healthy living journey.

    3473 days ago
  • SAASHA17
    wel thats not a craving..its ur body telling u to feed it...take care
    3473 days ago
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