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Do you know when you've had enough?
Do you feel satisfied when you have eaten to a happy level of fullness? Do you find yourself eating beyond fullness on a regular basis?
Often, we are not eating enough during the day. Many times clients say they overeat and then send me a list of what they've eaten and it's not enough nutrients/energy in a day.
It could be a result of primal hunger. Often what's happening is you're getting primally hungry, because you've been either mentally restricting or you're in the habit of not eating during the day because you're in a state of fight or flight, sympathetic arousal, and you are go-go-go and putting everything else above yourself, prioritizing other things. You feel like you can’t stop and eat because your stress level may be really high and suppress your appetite. For example, if you have a job interview, you don’t feel like eating, then after the job interviews is done, you have time to decompress. You're driving home, you're like, oh my gosh, I need a burger, fries, and a large milkshake. I need all the food, right? Because you've come down from it. That can be a contributor to not feeling like enough, because what happens is, when you're primally hungry, your body is actually going to increase your hunger signals and decrease your fullness signals so that you will make up for that deficit in energy demand during the daytime.
The other thing that can sometimes happen is that you may be using food to come down from that fight or flight. The amount of food you need to come down from that isn't necessarily going to be the amount that allows your stomach to feel happily full. You might have to go beyond that to feel like it was enough.
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I was thinking about this concept because I'm living alone for the first time in my life and trying to renovate a 1910 craftsman house and am solely responsible for the house and the yard. I was getting conflicting advice about what kind of lawn mower to get and I finally came across a blog discussing electric mowers, which is something I'm interested in for environmental impact and ease of use in terms of being able to plug it in and not having to get gas all the time. The blog was talking about how lightweight they are, easy to start, and they're actually much better for most women because of the lightweightness.
For me, I've had back injuries and don't like the idea of having to struggle to get a mower started, so I was really intrigued by this idea. I started thinking about tools in general. Power tools and such are not typically designed to work for women or folks who have a smaller stature or less strength, they're designed for typical bodied men- or people who have a stronger stature, bigger hands, and who maybe want something that is more powerful rather than something that's more functional, lightweight, and easy to use. When I was looking at ladders, for example, a lot of the ladders are super heavy and for me, that's not going to be easy to carry around which would be a big barrier to using it.
I started thinking about this in terms of other applications. We know that:
This is really problematic.
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The first step to healing your relationship with food is reconnecting with the signals your body gives you. One of the ways to do that is by checking in with your hunger before you eat. Here's my spin on the traditional hunger scale..