Feeling hungry does not have to be scary.
One of my clients told me recently that she is enjoying feeling hungry before each meal rather than full after each one for a change. We should all feel hungry before a meal, but I have clients who have not felt hungry in years. Of course there is a tipping point, and if you allow yourself to get too utterly famished, you could be shooting yourself in the foot and end up making less than healthy choices about what and how much you eat.
Managing your hunger takes practice and mindfulness. Some clients find it helpful to rate their hunger on a scale of 1 to 10 before they eat. For example, a goal of about 3-4 before a meal (slightly uncomfortable) would be a goal, and 6-7 after eating (not full, but satisfied).
– Nina Hirvi, RD
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