Life Performance Blog: How Do You Know If you Are Truly Hungry?

Do you need to eat... or want to eat... or feel like you should eat?

Need, want, or should?

You need to eat. You know, to keep your body alive, and stuff.

But often we don't need to eat. We want to eat. We feel like we should eat.

Our bodies' natural hunger and fullness signals can get drowned out by "noise" from:

1. What we feel. “It's been a tough day. I've earned some pizza and beer. Danger pay, right?”

2. What's around us. "Damn, that steak smells good!"

3. What we think. “It’s 1 pm. I’m not really hungry, but I should eat. I mean, it is lunchtime.”

4. What other people think or want. "Another helping? Well, I shouldn't... ah, what the hell."

If you've ever been in military or police training, you'll know:

You have to learn to tell noise (misleading, distracting, and/or useless crap) from the signal (important information).

A lot of input is coming at you and you need to filter it.

You don't want to be blowing away civilians or freaking out when things get hairy.

Hear signals, ignore noise

Tune in to signals — meaningful information from your body.

Notice (observe) and name (describe) when you're distracted by "noise" — other messages that tell you that you should or want to eat.

Tip! When you use or hear the word "should", that's probably noise. It applies to the rest of your life, too!

What to notice and name

Here are some things that you can notice and name.

Feelings and thoughts

What you're feeling, physically (e.g. shaky, lightheaded, tense)

What you're feeling, emotionally (e.g. pissed off, relaxed, "hangry" — hungry plus angry)

What you're thinking (e.g. "I can't pass up this pie! It reminds me of Grandma!") •


What situations make it easier or harder to eat slowly, or eat to 80% full

What foods