LadyTazz said something the other day that has really stuck with me. I think the original poster was asking about what to do when she got hungry again. Tazz said she "sits with her hunger," and acknowledges it.
I have heard variations of this for many years. "Be Present", "Be Aware", etc but I never heard it put the way Tazz did.
Sitting with your hunger means that for a moment, contemplate that it's there. Acknowledge that you are hungery. Say to yourself, what will happen if I don't eat right this minute? Of course, the answer is usually "nothing." Nothing will happen to you. You won't starve! Hunger is not an emergency!
I work in Manhattan and live in the Bronx, and it takes me a half hour to go back and forth. In the morning, I take my protein shake in a to-go cup. In the evening, I am hungry and want to have dinner. Pre-surgery, I suppose I thought that it would be unbearable to be hungry for that half hour and a little more while I rode the train and put my frozen dinner in the microwave. On the way to the train from work there are a half dozen delis as well as food carts of every variety --- pretzels, hot dogs, fruit stands, smoothies, and falafel / gyros. And it only takes me five minutes to get from my office to the station! Temptation is everywhere.
Post-surgery of course I avoided all of these things. But now that hunger is slowly making a comeback, I have those same old urges to buy something so I can eat it on the train. I actually did, twice, before I read LadyTazz's statement.
Now, as I'm walking down the street, I think to myself, "I am sitting with my hunger, I am sitting with my hunger -- and I can make it all the way home where I can cook myself a nice healthy dinner."
Somehow this phrase really got into my head and for once I am paying attention.
Thanks LadyTazz for your wisdom and insight!
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