Have you ever stopped to consider what your relationship with hunger?
What your view on food is and why do you have this view?
I was listening to a podcast today and he briefly spoke on our relationship with hunger and I found it so interesting as I had never stopped to consider this question. Once I started to consider it, I also was struck by how I view food. If I stop and think about hunger and what it actually is, which is your bodies physiological need to eat, I wondered how often I felt hungry through the day, which I boiled down to just before meal times. But how often was I eating outside the concept of being hungry?
When I was living an unhealthy lifestyle, I can tell you my eating was terrible. Fast food, freezer meals and junk where just a few “go to” and I know I was eating outside the hunger pangs I was feeling as I was an emotional eater and would often eat when bored. Now that I am living a healthier lifestyle, I feel I eat my set out meals for the day and really try not to deviate from this plan. Since it is filled with healthy fats, proteins and is considered a plant-based diet, I find I am not hungry outside my set meals. When I do feel those hunger pangs coming on, I am learning to deny them to teach myself that I don’t need to eat just because I have pangs. I guess you could say my relationship with hunger has changed between the two life styles and if you don’t stop to take a second to ponder your relationship with hunger it’s probably something you would have never considered.
Take a minute to think about this relationship right now…
Do you need to make a change to your relationship with hunger or do you have a healthy relationship with hunger? Like every relationship in our lives, they all need nurturing and so does this relationship. If you have determined it is an unhealthy relationship, now think about ways you can make changes.
Looking at this from a biblical standpoint, we are to consider our bodies as temples and we are stewards of this body, therefore the relationship with hunger is very important. We can’t let hunger dominate us, our thinking and our lives. One solution when you feel the need to satisfy hunger outside your daily caloric intake or to satisfy your hunger with food that will not nourish your body is to stop and pray, ask for the strength.
You could also fast for a day or even a couple of meals to get control of your hunger. Many times, we eat more then we need to and its ok for our body to be hungry through the day as this allows our body to work through the food in our intestines.
Do you know there are body who go days without feeling hungry? Have you ever done this? This fact amazed me but is an epidemic that faces so many people in our culture today.
I really encourage to take a couple days to think over the relationship with hunger. Start to own your hunger pangs and be in control of them. It’s truly not the end of the world to be hungry, especially the individuals who have excess weight, as there is stored fuel that can be used to provide energy through those pangs.
You goal is to get your body into a ketogenic state. Ketosis is a state at which the body has an extremely high fat-burning rate. Even the brain runs on fat, via ketone bodies. These are energy molecules in the blood (like blood sugar) which become fuel for our brains after being converted from fat by the liver.
I really encourage you to do your own research, become a master of your body, find out for yourself what works for you and then share this information with others.
This has been on my mind and I am still working through what my relationship with hunger and food.
If you have defined your relationship with hunger, I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below. I think the more we hear from others it will help us develop our own.
YOU & HUNGER are ONE