Habits, Quick Tips, Self-care & Stress

Serenity Tip: Hunger and Thirst

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.

Serenity Tip: Do you confuse hunger and thirst?

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

A spoonful of serenityHere are some options for exploring the topic of hunger versus thirst some more:

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3 Comment

  1. Reply
    April J Harris
    October 12, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    This is so true, Pauline. Although I know it, I often forget, but these are great ideas and techniques to help me remember to stay hydrated.

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    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    October 21, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Pauline, I rarely drink plain water. At home I get most of my water from tea! So anytime I think I want a snack, I say, “I probably just need a cup of tea” and put off the snack until after the tea. Nearly every time I decide to skip the snack. When I do snack, it’s usually for a protein boost — a handful of nuts or a spoonful of organic natural peanut butter. My daily sugar allowance that I wrote about in September 2016 means I have zero sugar cravings.

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      Pauline
      October 21, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      Jean, I think I could nurture the habit of drinking the tea first and then reviewing the need for a snack. It sounds like you have your nutrition pretty well balanced!

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