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01-12-2008, 11:30 AM
I have been all raw since Aug 1st and during that time I have been learning to wait for a return of hunger signal before eating more food. An interesting thing has been happening lately. Recently just before I get a slight hunger signal I have been getting a very mild signal that isn't a hunger signal. If I wait a little longer the next signal is a slight hunger signal. It is kind of like a traffic signal turning yellow before turning red. Its like a precursor to hunger that if heeded allows me to miss the slight hunger signal that I am so used to waiting for. Maybe as my body has grown accustom to the wait it has grown more sensitive to the signal or maybe I am just listening better ? Whichever it is I like it as it is allowing to stay in the comfort zone without the slight hunger signal I have grown so accustom to and yet I know that my body is ready to receive more food. Does anyone else experience a mild signal that isn't really hunger before getting a slight hunger signal ?
01-12-2008, 11:56 AM
Hey EZ rider. I haven't noticed it yet with eating solid food, but I definately experience this when I'm fasting. Towards the end of long fasts I can now tell when my body is ready to break the fast. I experience what you describe at this time. The traffic light example is a great way to put it! For me it's clearly physical hunger versus cravings or emotional hunger. Fasting helped me blast through the cravings thing also. I'm glad to hear of your experience and I look forward to experiencing this phenomenon with raw foods as I continue on this path. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with it. It's very cool.
It is cool that there is also someone else out there who tries to listen to their own bodies god given hunger signals. For me when I know I am hungry I get a warm feeling and a tightness in my stomach. However if ignored a few times that feeling will go away and may not return again for several hours. I also think that sometimes we mistake being thirsty sometimes for being hungry cause our bodies get dehydrated.
But in any case it is cool that you are more in tune with your body and what is saying. Yeah for you!:)
01-12-2008, 12:24 PM
I also think that sometimes we mistake being thirsty sometimes for being hungry cause our bodies get dehydrated.I agree that the signals that a dehydrated body gives may be confusing. However in my case I am very hydrated. The only low water content foods I eat are sproutable seeds, HFS Hemp seed oil, and also avocados, bananas and young coconut pulp. I am a fresh raw garden foods eater that eats high water content foods including daily juices and smoothies along with drinking plenty of water. The high water content foods and beverages in my diet resonates with my body in a most favorable way :)
01-14-2008, 05:00 PM
I've noticed that I get the warm/tightness feeling as Morn said. That shows up before the actual hunger feelings. As far as being dehydrated, I drink so much water its not even funny. I literally can't go more than 30 min with out drinking at least 10 oz of water. I always have a bottle water with me. If I were to calculate how much I drink, I would say its between 100oz and 150 oz. not sure how many liters that is or even if it really is a lot. I used to chew gum all the time b/c my mouth would get dry. I've replace gum with water. :) Which really helps with keeping hunger down.
01-14-2008, 05:00 PM
IMO, I find that a slight hunger signal is a great way to time eating. Not by a clock but rather by using the body's signals. So if you were to ask, how long after eating a meal do I need to wait to eat another ?. I would answer, just long enough to get a SLIGHT hunger signal. The slight hunger signal indicates that the body is ready, willing, and able to digest and would indeed appreciate some nutritious food. I like to think of the slight return of hunger signal as the pause that refreshes between meals.
01-14-2008, 08:59 PM
Does this have to do with weight loss, waiting until you are truly hungry to eat again? I know we sometimes mistake thirst for hunger, but as with thirst, if we wait til we are truly thirsty, it is too late. I find if I ignore my hunger signals then I am ready to just shove food in my mouth, and all my good sense goes out the window. Raw or cooked, good or bad combinations, then I am defeating the purpose of properly nourishing my body, just so I can be in control.
01-15-2008, 12:12 PM
Does this have to do with weight lossI use "the pause that refreshes" between meals for better digestion.
waiting until you are truly hungry to eat again?I like to use a SLIGHTLY hungry signal (rather then "truly hungry") which is generated by my body. Lately I have begun to sense my hunger a little before the slightly hungry signal occurs (see my OP).
I know we sometimes mistake thirst for hungerI agree thirst can mess up a signal and that its very important to get plenty of clean water.
but as with thirst, if we wait til we are truly thirsty, it is too late. I find if I ignore my hunger signals then I am ready to just shove food in my mouth, and all my good sense goes out the window. Raw or cooked, good or bad combinationsI have found that I am very sensitive to my hunger signals (see my OP). If I let my hunger get to "truly hungry" (empty) I have found that it leads to binge eating for me also.
then I am defeating the purpose of properly nourishing my body, just so I can be in control.
I don't try to read my appastat as a "control" issue but rather as a way of being responsive to my body's needs consistent with helping to provide the best digestion opportunity possible.
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