There are all of these websites and magazines and things that will tell you how to “control your hunger.”
I’ll tell you how I control my hunger: I eat. That makes the hunger go away (for an hour or two).
Sometimes that means eating two hours after I ate breakfast…or lunch…or dinner. But I do it anyway.
Sometimes I also have weird unidentifiable tummy sensations that seem hunger-like. You know how I deal with those? I eat.
Sometimes there’s delicious food sitting in front of me and I’m not that hungry. How do I resist the temptation? I don’t. I eat.
Sometimes I even wake up in the middle of the night hungry…and usually I roll over and go back to bed. But if I’m really, really hungry and it’s really, really keeping me awake, you know what I do? Yup. I get up and eat.And how does my weight respond? It doesn’t seem to respond much at all, actually. I only ever get on a scale at the doctor’s, but I don’t have to know a number to know that my size and shape don’t change much from day to day, month to month.
Which is sad to me. From about age 18 to 22, I was convinced that I had to be extremely careful about what I ate, that the longer I could resist hunger, the better, and if I didn’t make a habit of saying ‘no’ to foods that I truly wanted, I’d surely be transformed into some kind of chronically unhealthy, overweight, unattractive, bespectacled, out-of-shape failure.
Instead, it mostly made me crabby and food-obsessed. Go figure.
This week has felt unusually snacky to me. I don’t know if it’s the two spin classes I went to on Wednesday and Friday, or still catching up from my sick days last week, or what, but I feel like I’ve just about been grabbing a snack every time I pass the kitchen at home or my office at school.
It’s also been beautiful weather here in Fort Collins, which made for some lovely opportunities to be outside and get my Vitamin D.
So here’s a quick list for this week’s Review. Thanks to Meg for the link-up! She keeps getting pregnanter and pregnanter…but she keeps putting up those posts. What a rock star!1. Monday, I was still feeling crummy from last week’s digestive purgatory and took myself to the doctor. He ran a bunch of tests and prescribed some medications that might help my tummy heal up, but didn’t have any explanation for why I’m having such unusual symptoms. (Heavy vomiting is not a normal symptom of IBS.) He did, however, give me some free Aquaphor and tell me to make a habit of cleaning out my belly button. …?
2. Tuesday, I was feeling well enough to get back to class. Hooray!
3. Wednesday, my students had an assignment due, but since I hadn’t been available to answer questions due to illness, I let them have an extension until Friday. Some of them had already turned it in, though, so I tried to get a head-start on grading that Thursday.
4. I got in two lovely walks with my sweetie on Thursday and again on Sunday. Thursday was a gorgeous day and I got a bunch of pictures of the hyacinths near the computer science building. Sunday was colder and rainy, but still refreshing to get out for a walk along the Spring Creek trial. Fort Collins is a beautiful city.We saw lots of ducks on our Sunday walk. Speaking of which, have y’all seen this video of a pet duck being cleaned with a vacuum? So bizarre and adorable.
5. And in other poultry-related news, I helped my sweetheart and his roommate with some yard work on Saturday–also a beautiful day–and the roommate let me hold one of his chickens! The chickens’ names are Bernice, Vader, and Gandalf.
6. Finally, I was quite proud of my kitchen adventures. These vegan Curry Carrot Chickpea Burgers are perhaps my favorite recipe that I’ve posted so far to the blog, besides my Green Tea Latte Smoothies, which are delicious, but pretty standard for a smoothie recipe. 7. Also made some homemade bread: the America’s Test Kitchen gluten-free sandwich bread always turns out awesome, even better than the wheat bread I used to try to make. If you’re gluten intolerant or sensitive, I highly recommend this cookbook.
Bread pictured here with sunflower seed butter and strawberry preserves.And made some quinoa fried rice, pictured here not because it’s anything out of the norm (it’s actually a pretty standard meal for me), but because the picture turned out kinda pretty.8. Oh, and got to embarrass my brother this Sunday for National Siblings Day on the old FB. This is from back in the day when I used to tell our barber, Chuck, that I wanted my hair cut “like Christopher Robin.” Aren’t we cute?My favorite memory of my big brother: we shared a bedroom until I was about eight, and my brother once told me that if any monsters came into our room, he’d bop them on the head with his water bottle.
Do you ever bake your own bread?
Do you have any favorite memories of your siblings from when you were little?