Good morning all! Well, it’s only Tuesday and I’m already looking forward to the weekend. I’m thinking that may cause this week to creep by, but I’m going to try to maintain a good mood about the fact that a LONG WEEKEND is in my sights.
I had a bump in the road with getting out of bed this morning, but no worries. The AM cardio brought me back to life (6 miles on the treadmill followed by 15 minutes on the bike). As did the new bag of Cafe Britt (two actually) that arrived in the mail yesterday. A good cup of coffee really does make it all better. Last time I ordered the Costa Rican Dark Roast and the Peru Valle Sagrado. This time I chose the Peruvian Dark Roast and the Tres Rios Valdivia. Tres Rios was the brew this morning and did not disappoint! I have not had a bad cup from this company yet and coffee straight to your door?! Yes please!
While on the bike this morning I flipped through my June Women’s Health. One of the snippets that caught my eye was titled Are you REALLY Hungry? I have written about intuitive eating before and this went right along with it. The idea is to use a scale of 1-6 to determine where you are in your hunger. Learn whether its external stimuli like how much is left in the package or on the plate or what time it is that’s cueing you to eat or your gut really telling you you’re hungry. Eat when you are at a 3 or 4 since at 1 or 2 you aren’t really hungry and at 5 or 6 you’re so hungry that you are likely to overeat and make poor food choices.
- You don’t feel hungry
- Food sounds good but you couldn’t eat a whole apple pie (maybe this one should be less drastic…I could rarely eat a whole apple pie comfortably)
- Your stomach feels empty
- Your stomach is growling
- Your stomach and head hurt
- You’re irritable and can’t focus. Eating feels like and emergency.
What do you think? 2 with the apple pie thing seems a little extreme, but I get 3-6. It is important to eat when you are truly hungry and not wait until you are ravenous. That’s when eating becomes bingeing and can be disastrous. The main point is just to listen to your body. Eat when hungry, don’t when not, and don’t wait until you are literally starving.