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Charlene's Journal

Charlene is a journey of mindful health and self-care

Hunger is the Best Seasoning
Posted on 11/17/2012 @ 10:56 AM

Thursday, I let myself get too hungry. It was a busy afternoon at work and I worked late. Going nonstop, I failed to listen to my hunger signals until I arrived home. By then, it had been over 8 hours since I’d eaten and I was starving. Definitely a 2, bordering on a 1, on the hunger scale.

Our menu plan for dinner was chicken and rice soup. It is a favorite, tried and true recipe we’ve made for decades. It is quite similar to the chicken and rice soup recipe in Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat on page 343. It’s one of the recipes my husband makes and the aroma greeted me at the door. I asked, “Am I Hungry?” “You betcha,” and I raced to the kitchen.

Then, I remembered Dr. May’s sage advice when famished, “Use caution.” I followed her recommendation, slowed down, paid attention, and ate mindfully. By doing so, I didn’t overeat and stopped when I was satisfied. This is very different than what I would have done in the past. It seemed like the best soup I’d ever eaten.

After dinner, I said to my husband, “That was fantastic; very satisfying. It was exactly what I wanted.” Being the adorable, funny, and often sarcastic guy that he is, he asked, “Hmmm…are we still talking about dinner?”

Laughing, I realized, when you’re a foodie like me, and especially when you’re starving, making love may be higher on the list of the best things in life, but eating doesn’t follow too far behind.

Michelle May M.D.

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