I went to a party recently and met a very interesting man. We got talking about lots of random things, as you do at parties, and we somehow broached the conversation topic of food and eating. Perhaps because we were all in post Christmas food binge period, I swear the whole world feels full right now. Well most of the world…
We were talking about food, and eating and blah blah, and he made the most astounding statement to me.
“I only eat when I am hungry.”
He does not conform to breakfast lunch or dinner and simply eats when his body feels like it needs food. What a concept!!! What a shift! What a brilliant idea! I know this sounds crazy, but how often do we eat at set meal times just because it is our routine, habit, because everyone else is, or just because we would feel like we were missing out on something!?
This year I plan to work on eating only when I am hungry. Simple and effective. Move away from the forced pressure of meal times and instead do what feels more natural and responsive and necessary for my body’s needs.
Apparently many years ago we only ate twice a day. The third meal of the day was introduced by the wealthy English, hence the term “tea time”. Only the wealthiest could afford to prepare the third meal of the day, as they were the ones who had electricity to generate the ability to prepare the meal.
When you think about it, in the western world we all are guilty of over eating. We eat because we can, it tastes good, it is available, it is yummy, we feel like it, it’s social, and lastly because we are hungry. When was the last time you felt really famishly starving hungry? I imagine that is a rare feeling.
So for me, I am going to work on eating less, and eating only when I really feel the need for it. Hopefully that might shed some crazy post Christmas fatty fat fat too!!
What a crazy concept right? Eat when you are hungry. Simple!
Do you have an unusual eating routine you would like to tell me about? I am all ears. And stomach… 😉