Last night as I was laying in bed almost asleep, I started thinking about the relationship between hunger cues and sleep cues. They are both natural responses our body gives out when it needs something. And they are both responses that we regularly ignore.
If I get sleepy at work, as much as I want to, I won't put my head down and take a nap. Same thing for just about any other activity during the day. It seems ridiculous to think of doing that. I do a pretty good job of sleeping 8 hours at night pretty regularly from 11pm to 7am. I really like sleeping, but I rarely indulge. A nap is an amazing weekend luxury.
When I get hungry at a non-meal time, I become obsessed with eating to make sure that I don't make a poor food choice later. I will stop all kinds of things to eat regardless of what time it is. I do a pretty good job of eating healthy foods and staying within my calorie budget. As I get further into this journey, I indulge in heavy foods very rarely. About as often as that afternoon nap.
I'm not sure I have a point here. I just really am trying to wrap my head around the concept of hunger. For so many years, hunger was something that was irrelevant to eating just as feeling sleepy was irrelevant to when I slept. I like the habits I have of eating when I am hungry; and I really do think it helps me avoid the evil gremlin thoughts that come out when I am overly hungry. I just don't know if I am taking the best approach on this. Thoughts??