I'm super in touch with my body. Ever since I've been eating more clean and taking good care of my body and mind. And still there are times that I (over) eat while not hungry at all. Like most of us that are not super models, I guess.
Since I had bulimia as a teenager I am very mindful of this “hunger” thing. When I want to eat, I eat. Even if I know the consequences that come with it.
Sometimes it just seems that the food, the mind and the stomach are stronger then my will.
I always reach a point that I have had it and that I decide to go back to the place where I was before. In mind, in body and in soul. While at the same time eating delicious. I belief we can still eat delicious while minding our hunger tantrums.
Right before I arrive at the wished state I go on the look out for articles that help me with whatever I believe I need help with at that particular moment.
This time it was “redefining hunger”. I hoped to find an article that could somehow help me out and I found it. And more.
First I found the article, which you can find here and the article led me to a whitepaper which you can find here.
“What are the physical sensations you associate with hunger? For most people these sensations include stomach grumbling, headaches, light-headedness, irritability, fatigue and inability to focus. And for many people, these uncomfortable symptoms are the undoing of all of their attempts to lose weight by eating less food. Since eating removes the symptoms, these common symptoms are mistakenly believed to be hunger.”
Two take aways that were surprising to me:
I don’t think that I ever experienced real hunger, not even during a 4 day “fast” where I ate about 200 calories a day (two grapefruits and a half glass of vegetable juice) which is pretty shocking to me.
Here’s a list with nutrient dense food that I found from different resources online:
At the moment I’m in Zaandam, Amsterdam and in Hoorn, visiting friends and family and conducting business things, so I make it easy on myself and I have been eating Kale for diner since I arrived on Thursday and I have to say it really works.
Here are two simple recipes for diner, a side dish and a raw vegan dessert.
1. Hummus & Kale
Cook Kale in a pan and add seasoning to the water so it becomes kind of a kale soup. Salt, pepper, chili, kurkuma, which ever you like.
Add hummus to the cooked Kale soup when it’s served.
The side dish contains different kinds of sprouts to which you add raw cashew nuts, a baked seitan sausage (cut up in pieces) and roasted sunflower seeds.
Overripe banana, 3 medjoul dates, a bit of raw cacao powder. Blend until smooth, poor it in a bowl and eat it with a spoon.
2. Kale & Mustard
Cook kale in a pan with just a tiny bit of water. Add salt and pepper.
Add raw sunflower seeds, as much as you like and cook them with the kale.
When it’s done serve on a plate with mustard. As much as you like.
The side dish contains bigger soja sprouts, a baked seitan schnitzel cut up in little pieces, olives and a small piece of bread. The bread you dip in a bit of olive oil with salt.
Put oat milk, 2 medjoul dates, an overripe banana and a pear in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add to a cup and eat with a spoon.
Good luck with and have fun redefining your hunger.