There’s a chance you’ve heard this before but it’s definitely worth repeating. When you think you’re hungry, there’s a strong likelihood you’re not, and that your body needs hydration instead.
I get this wrong all the time. In fact, I’m trying to form the habit that before I eat anything, regardless of time of day, I slosh down some water first. And part way through a meal, if I sense I’m gobbling my food, I’m trying to eat mindfully enough that I pause, set down my tools, and take a good long drink.
The trouble is, when my energy flags, my discernment does too. When a sugary snack is the last thing my body needs, that’s the time I’m most likely to choose it.
How about you? When your energy dips, what do you reach for? And how does it subsequently make you feel?
A Spoonful of Serenity
Here are some options for exploring the topic of hunger versus thirst some more:
- This is a handy list of ways to take a quick break and number 8 is right on topic!
- Etsy has some fun options for reminding yourself to drink more water, including this bottle, habit tracker and planner stickers.
- And from Zen Habits, an extensive post on eating habits and changing them.