It’s 1:54pm and so far today I’ve had two cups of coffee with milk and three cherry tomatoes.
I’ve taken one child to school (walking) and driven with another child to a few shops for some research.
In about an hour I’ll drive to do some grocery shopping, do the school pick up, come home and start preparing dinner.
I’m feeling tired, but I don’t actually feel hungry.
I’m in a really good place for observing how I feel. Can I keep going without eating right now? Easily.
I need to drink more water, but apart from that, I’m noticing that the tiredness is not actually about hunger but interest.
It’s a mindset issue that would have previously been buried under the distraction of eating more. The pleasure of eating provides a time-out and relief from other concerns.
I could instead have a black coffee for stimulation and enjoyment, or take the opportunity to wonder what other sources of pleasure and enjoyment are available to me right now.
I don’t actually need to eat. But I’m also not rigidly trying to meet an arbitrary diet goal. I’m free to do what I want, but with enough self-awareness and experience to know that food isn’t going to provide what I want right now.