Where in your body do you feel hunger? Some people notice it in their bellies. It makes gurgling sounds or feels a tad upset. Some people notice an empty, hollow feeling in their gut. Some people get light-headed. Some get headaches. I begin to yawn uncontrollably. That’s the signal that my body has run out of calories and it’s time to refuel.
Some people are not sure what hunger feels like. They eat because “it’s time.” They eat because that’s what they were taught to do before leaving the house in the morning. They eat because if they don’t eat now, there isn’t time later — a meeting, carpool or some other obligation.
Conversely, some ignore what their body is telling them. They notice it’s 4 pm (because they can’t wait to leave work!) and realize they haven’t eaten all day. They don’t like breakfast. They brought lunch and it’s still in the ‘fridge.
If you’re not sure what hunger feels like, I encourage you to find out. Check with your doctor, if necessary, and then fast for a day. A whole day. Instead of thinking about denial (of food) however, set an intention to learn about your body. Shifting the focus will make all the difference in the world.
What do you notice? Where in your body do you feel it? How would you describe the feeling? Be as specific as possible.