erIt sounds so simple doesn’t it? To just not do anything else whilst eating food. No television, no surfing, no books, no radio, no listening, no watching, no reading of any sort, no doing. Just eating.
It makes me really focus on whether I want to eat or whether I’m just thinking of food out of habit or because of the time or simply because I’m bored and want an excuse to stop working. After all, if I can’t actually be bothered to stop whatever I’m doing in order to eat then I can’t be that hungry.
The revelation that I’m not so much an emotional eater but more one who eats when it’s convenient (a pre-emptive eater) has made quite a change. Having to pause for food also makes me really question whether I want it or not.
It’s been hard to listen to my hunger and judge when I’m faintly peckish, slightly hungry, properly hungry or ravenous. It all merges into one big uncertainty and then after I’ve eaten I sometimes feel hungrier than before in a way that suggests I wasn’t really hungry in the first place. Confused? I certainly am. Continue reading