• June 21 2020
  • Hunter Stark

Are you actually hungry?

Are you actually hungry?

Words can be deceiving whether they are spoken or just thoughts in our head. They can deceive our brain into forcing us to take action.

There are definitely two words that need some clarification when it comes to eating: Hungry & Satiety.

Hungry can be a deceiving word and Satiety is the brain deceiving us. Let's discuss...

Hungry, be definition, means "feeling or displaying the need for food", with synonyms such as "ravenous, famished, starved"

Satiety is from the root word "sate" which means "satisfy to the full". When someone thinks or says out loud "I'm hungry", it should be clarified internally whether the trigger sent a minor message of a DESIRE to eat or a NEED to eat.

You should then think or ask out loud, "Is it meal time?" or "What did I last have to eat and when?" These questions should be processed before pulling into that drive-thru or grabbing your sports bar.

"Satiety" is an unfortunate result of our brain telling us we should always have this feeling of fullness. That we should "feed" the impulse to eat whatever is easiest at the slightest trigger of "hunger" - deception at its finest.

Are we really "starving" when we say we are hungry? Do we have to be "satisfied to the full" all the time?

Talk to your yourself about recognizing this difference. 

Our bodies like to have some degree of regulation with regular meal times vs. the grazing throughout the day that many of us do.  Being able to be mindful before eating is an integral part of what allows us to control our intake.

Try to pause for a moment to allow yourself to think about the timing and the need for what we are considering to shove in our mouth.

It's not just food itself that's producing obesity and preventable diseases, it's also our brains deceiving us....

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