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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Pendulum Effect

On Sunday, Jason Stevens and I spoke at the 306 Phoenix House on the topic of eating mindfully over the holidays. Jason described hunger as a scale...

Imagine a scale of 0-10 of hunger. A '0' would be the hunger you would feel after missing several meals. A '10' would be the stuffed and painful feeling after eating an exceptionally large meal, such as a large Thanksgiving dinner. 

Interestingly, there is a pendulum-like effect to this scale. If you are very hungry, then you are more likely to overeat at your next meal.  For example, if your hunger level is a 2, then you will likely eat until you are at an 8. Your hunger/eating pendulum swings high. If you are only slightly hungry (say a 4 on the scale), then you are likely only to eat until you are at a 6 on the scale. Your hunger/eating pendulum swings lower.

So, why does this matter? If you have a habit of over-eating, then try not to let yourself get so hungry. It is especially important not to skip meals. Try eating 3 smaller meals instead of 1 huge meal that causes indigestion. Also, it is easier to make healthy food choices when you don't feel extremely hungry.

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