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How you keep me on my toes like someone acquiring a new puppy….without the charming satisfaction.
Hunger calling? The clock says ‘No’.
I just ate breakfast and I’m still hungry. The clock says ‘No.’
I woke up in the middle of the night and cannot fall back asleep. Hunger? The clock says ‘No.’
I usually eat a snack at 4pm but it’s only 2pm and my muffin is starring at me. The clock says ‘No.’
Dinner was less than an hour ago and I have a snack before bed. It’s not bedtime yet. The clock says ‘No.’
Since working in an office environment this year, I thought that compared to other periods of my life like university or part time work, my eating would be scheduled and consistent. My body would adapt to eating breakfast at 9, lunch at 1, a snack between 3 and 4 and dinner at 7.30. Let’s not forget the nightcap around 10.
So why do we let something which keeps time dictate when to eat and what to eat?
From personal experience, I think it’s something which has been ingrained in us from a young age, coupled with a school schedule. You need to eat at set times (8am, 10.30am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm).
I understand that with some jobs or occupations- it can’t be helped. Having back to back meetings with a mere 15 minutes an hour after you’ve eaten breakfast, you may have to eat even when you’re not hungry because otherwise- you’ll have to wait until the end of the day.
Furthermore, you shouldn’t eat for the sake of sticking to what the clock dictates. Just because you typically eat lunch at 12pm does not mean you should every day at 12pm just because you usually do. If you’re not hungry and it’s your usual lunch time? Don’t force it.
However, if you have flexibility, yet ignore your hunger or put it off because the clock does not correlate with what you deem ‘appropriate’ times in your mind- you need to rethink how well you are honouring your body. We constantly underestimate our bodies and no one day is the same. In fact, if it was- how redundant would that be?
We shouldn’t let a clock dictate when to eat and how much- just keep it simple. Eat when hungry, stop when full. Whether that be at in the middle of the night or 2 minutes after you ate breakfast.
Hungry for dinner at 4pm instead of 7pm? Embrace it and eat!
Just ate breakfast and not satisfied an hour later? Embrace it and eat!
Woke up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep because your hungry? Embrace it and eat!
I’ve spoken before about how important it is to embrace hunger- not ignore it. By following the clock or letting it forcefully dictate your hunger signals- you are only doing yourself a disservice.
Have you ever eaten by the clock, regardless of your hunger signals?
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