• Monique Jephcote

If / when you feel hungry - EAT!


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AND remember, in the absence of regulated and / or identifiable hunger cues, your body still needs food too.

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Grehlin (hunger hormone) rises & falls in roughly 4 hr cycles (builds & builds

until we eat). Our blood glucose levels (BGL’s) can generally only really be

maintained for around 3-4-5 hours without food during waking hours (individualistic).

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Remember that Intuitive Eating (IE) isn’t JUST eating when you’re hungry, & stopping when you’re full. This is IE hijacked by a diet mentality. IE is a dynamic interplay between instinct, emotion & thought.

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For example, I may not feel hungry when I wake up on a given day, but I I know that my body needs nourishment before a full morning with clients. In addition to having a strong trust / sense of my body cues, I also know how bodies work, how regularly they generally need to be re-fuelled, & how long blood glucose levels (BGL’s) can be maintained without food. So, with all of this in mind, I’ll be eating in the absence of hunger at this time, so as to fuel my body with adequate food / energy to get through work for the morning, & so as to have my own back so I don’t reach 10:30am (after a working morning without the ability to take a break until this time) feeling like I’m about to kill someone for food (AKA a ravenously hungry 1 on the hunger – fullness scale). We’ve all been there… it happens… but if this happens MOST of the time, it might be time to start bringing in some awareness to the more subtle cues & an understanding of how our bodies generally function.

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So while the post denotes “if you feel hungry – eat”, hopefully now you can see it’s going to be important to eat in such times where identifiable hunger is

not necessarily present, too. This is mind-body integration. This is Intuitive Eating.

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And lastly, you can eat something just for the sake of eating it. Not hungry? Still want cake? Eat the cake. Be present with the experience. Be grateful for it’s yumminess & pleasure it gave you. Pack up the cake wrappers & put them in the bin. Move on with life. <3 <3 <3

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Main message here: Next time you feel hungry, eat. When you ignore this hormonal cue from your body, body distrust occurs. Each time you ignore it, said body distrust gets stronger. Of course this happens every now & then (unintentionally) – we’re human! But if you are ignoring your hunger intentionally, thinking that you are being ‘good’ or have willpower for holding off on honouring hunger, you’re actually creating an abundance of problems for your body, appetite cue regulation, & your health. More than that, when the body senses it’s not getting what it needs, it will create adaptations & hold onto energy stores as it may not trust it will get fed the next time that it signals to you that it needs food. Understanding this may allow you to understand why it is now well

established that the more someone engages in dieting (aka restricts), the more weight they gain in the long term.

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Being hungry is a normal physiological process. I sometimes stop & think how odd it truly is to be living in a time where we have to actually normalise hunger - one of the most basic (& life sustaining) biological functions of the human body.

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In case you’re looking for permission, here is your wholehearted permission to

HONOUR your hunger when it arises. If you feel hungry – EAT!

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