Its been almost a week since I stared the August 2014 Local Eating Challenge, and I feel great! I have learned a lot about myself, and the way our food is produced. The biggest challenge was definitely when I had to spend the better part of 2 days, and one night out of town. I still wasn’t sure how much food I would need, but I managed to survive off of 5 pints of blueberries, some radish seed pods, a beet, and a few ears of corn. (also, I was able to find a restaurant that had some local cider) Definitely not something I would like to do all the time, but it was a learning experience.
One thing that I learned, is there are a number of reasons why I eat, and not all of them involve necessity, or hunger. These include:
- The food is available
- I’m Bored
- Out of Habit (snacking at my desk at work for instance)
- I’m dehydrated (Sometimes we can get confused, and think that we are hungry when we are actually thirsty)
- Someone else is eating
- I am stressed
Having strict limits set on what I could eat, caused me to think every time before I just started gorging. I had to ask myself, “Is this something I can eat?” and it brought a certain level of awareness to my eating experience. It inserted an empty space between my impulses and my actions, a time when I could say, “Hey, am I really even hungry?”
So, next time you are headed for the pantry, ask yourself why. You might be surprised by the answer.