Hunger and Satisfaction
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
I've been thinking a lot about hunger and satisfaction lately. I'm staying on plan and eating within my calorie range (with good results), but I have to acknowledge that I'm hungry a lot and thoughts about food occupy way too much of my day. Sometimes I think “eating in moderation” is just code for “you’ll never feel full again.” But on the other hand, do I every really feel full, even when I'm eating with abandon? I think I could motor through a huge volume of food before I would feel uncomfortably stuffed. But if I were to eat like that, I'd feel totally out of control. Even though I might get some satisfaction during the actual eating process, I would certainly not feel good about it after. I'm grappling with the concept that I have to permanently stick to my current food plan (with maybe 300+ more calories when I get to goal). I hope that my body will adjust to this as my new normal...and not feel like perpetual dissatisfaction.
Today is a good day. But some days, my conscious and my subconscious brains are doing battle. Conscious brain: "Stop. Think. Stay on plan." Subconscious brain: "CHIPS. ICE CREAM. CAKE! NOW! NOW! NOW!" My subconscious brain is very loud and very bossy, and it's all about short-term satisfaction. And my subconscious brain will start spinning a story to rationalize the off-plan choice: "just this once", "it's a special occasion", "just have a little taste and to satisfy the craving" (yeah, like that EVER works). But like I said, today is a good day. I'm not having to find a reason to stay on plan, I'm solid.