Monday, May 3

An Experiment in Hunger

I have decided to try something new. I have decided to eat what I want instead of what I should be eating.

I just finished reading When You Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair and am in the process of reading Intuitive Eating (Note: these are not affiliate links. I receive no money if you make a purchase.) These books have made me step back and think about the food choices I make and how I talk to myself. I have started paying attention to my true hunger.

It has been interesting to eat what I am hungry for instead of making food choices according to what I should or should not be eating. When foods are no longer forbidden or "bad," I don't have to choose foods that are "good" (if I am having a "good" day) or "bad" (if I am having a "bad" day). Food is just food. And I have given myself permission to eat whatever I want. It is a freedom that I haven't allowed myself in years.

I am trying to end an obsession with food and weight that has held me captive for a long time.

The trouble is, now that I "can" eat whatever I want, I have no idea what to eat!

It will take awhile to really get in tune with my hunger. Right now, it reminds me of an old email forward I received about the Toddler Diet:

People are always on the lookout for a new diet. The trouble with most diets is that you don't get enough to eat (the starvation diet), you don't get enough variation (the liquid diet) or you go broke (the all-meat diet). Consequently, people tend to cheat on their diets, or quit after 3 days.
Well, now there's the new Toddler Miracle Diet.

Over the years you may have noticed that most two year olds are trim. Now the formula to their success is available to all in this new diet. You may want to consult your doctor before embarking on this diet, otherwise, you may be seeing him afterwards. Good Luck!!!

Breakfast: One scrambled egg, one piece of toast with grape jelly. Eat two bites of egg, using your fingers; dump the rest on the floor. Take one bite of toast, then smear the jelly over your face and cloth.
Lunch: Four crayons (any color), a handful of potato chips, and a glass of milk (three sips only, then spill the rest).
Dinner: A dry stick, two pennies and a nickel, four sips of flat Sprite.
Bedtime snack: Throw a piece of toast on the kitchen floor.

Breakfast: Pick up stale toast from kitchen floor and eat it. Drink half bottle of vanilla extract or one vial of vegetable dye.
Lunch: Half tube of "Pulsating Pink" lipstick and a handful of Purina DogChow (any flavor). One ice cube, if desired.
Afternoon snack: Lick an all-day sucker until sticky, take outside, drop in dirt. Retrieve and continue slurping until it is clean again. Then bring inside and drop on rug.
Dinner: A rock or an uncooked bean, which should be thrust up your left nostril. Pour Grape Kool-Aid over mashed potatoes; eat with spoon.

Breakfast: Two pancakes with plenty of syrup, eat one with fingers, rub in hair. Glass of milk; drink half, stuff other pancake in glass. After breakfast, pick up yesterday's sucker from rug, lick off fuzz, put it on the cushion of best chair.
Lunch: Three matches, peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Spit several bites onto the floor. Pour glass of milk on table and slurp up.
Dinner: Dish of ice cream, handful of potato chips, some red punch. Try to laugh some punch through your nose, if possible.

Breakfast: A quarter tube of toothpaste (any flavor), bit of soap, an olive. Pour a glass of milk over bowl of cornflakes, add half a cup of sugar. Once cereal is soggy, drink milk and feed cereal to dog.
Lunch: Eat bread crumbs off kitchen floor and dining room carpet. Find that sucker and finish eating it.
Dinner: Drop pieces of spaghetti onto back of dog, insert meatball into ear. Dump pudding into Kool-Aid and suck up with a straw.



  1. This is why Beckett is so little! =) I think this is a very reasonable approach to eating. I was eating like this before I got pregnant with Liam, and it was so nice not to think about food all the time. I think you will find it very liberating!

  2. It has been a pretty good experience so far. Liberating is probably the best way to describe it. Food just ended up being one more thing to worry about and who has time for that?

  3. I was seriously laughing out loud reading the Toddler Diet! Thanks for sharing! I think the hardest part is finding a rhythm but once you do and you tune into your body's needs, fueling yourself healthfully will become second nature. I also find that continually trying new foods and experimenting with spices and flavors makes food fun :-)

  4. Faith @ LovelyAsChargedMay 6, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    BAHAHA! I just stumbled across your blog, and I loved this first post ;) I work with kids too so most of this rings sooo very true!

    As far as your real, grown-up food rhythm, it's going to come along as you go. It's fantastic to open up to all the possibilities within clean, healthy eating.