There is more than one type of hunger. One type is physical hunger, where your stomach is actually growling and you feel a slight pain in your stomach. Another type is mouth hunger. This is where your body may be telling you that it doesn’t need any more food, but your mouth starts to want it and crave that taste.
This reminds me of a man named Wally that was on the first season of Extreme Weight Loss. Wally admitted to eating to the point where he wanted to throw up and to the point his jaw would hurt and he still couldn’t stop. Wally without a doubt was experiencing mouth hunger.
I think that a big reason that we experience mouth hunger is because we crave that high feeling we get from the taste that those foods give us. Usually, we crave really dense calories. For example, calories that are high in sugar or salt. When we taste them, we get such a high from it that we want to keep eating. A lot of the time it gets past the point of taste and we’re not even tasting the food anymore, we just want that pleasure of eating.
I’ve been there. It’s hard, very hard. I hope that with my blog I can inspire you to realize when you are experiencing mouth hunger. Hopefully, you can turn from that and turn to God. Please don’t think that I’m trying to preach to you, but you cannot do this alone. Turning to a Higher Power can be comforting. You know that you’re not alone.
I used to desire food way too much. I believe that God used that pain and wants me to help others dealing with that same pain. Like I said, you’re not alone. You’ve got many people, myself included, that know what you’re going through. That’s why I feel like it’s good to turn to God. The LORD can help you through the darkest of times. Reading your Bible and prayer and distract you. Also, you can pray for the wisdom to know the difference between mouth hunger and physical hunger.
You’ve got this!
Once upon a time, I was 200 pounds. I didn’t wear shorts and I avoided having my picture taken. I got word that I had elevated blood pressure and that I was pre-diabetic. I went on a spiritual and physical journey and I lost 100 pounds. It was great! But there was residue.
It’s hard when you have the media telling you that the odds are stacked against you. It’s hurtful being told that I’m going to end up failing. That does a lot to you emotionally and mentally. I started getting too careful with calories and eating right. I began losing too much weight. Not good.
The thing is, I know myself better than anyone else does. I know that I will not gain the weight back. I’ve learned knew things about being healthy that has forever changed me. Plus, I like the way I eat. I’m not unhappy with that aspect at all. I’ve also learned not to turn to food for comfort.
The ultimate problem is that I’ve listened too much to statistics and people in the media being negative about keeping the weight off. I’ve let it cause me too much anxiety. I’m sick and tired of it. No one has the right to say that I, or anyone else for that matter, will put the weight back on.
The bottom line is that I’m a strong woman of God. I’ve been through a lot. I’m a fighter. If I have to fight the rest of my life, I know that I can do it. Chances are, you can too. Don’t let others doubt you. I will not let that happen any longer. I’m giving this to Jesus. Everything will work out in the end. It will for you, too!
I’ve been doing a lot of praying and thinking lately. I feel like I want to take what I know about health, fitness, and nutrition and take it to a ministry. A friend of mine from church and I want to start a fitness group next summer at our church. A woman that I work for gave me the idea. I’m really excited!
I feel like this will help me in the long run. I’ll still be really active in the health community, but incorporating the LORD into it will take it in a more balanced direction. I feel like my faith got me through my obesity and now it can help me get over my anxiety over regaining the weight.
In case you’re wondering, I don’t have an eating disorder, but I do have GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) and I have OCD. So, me becoming too engrossed over calories is just part of it. I’ve been doing well ever since I came clean on here and have submitted my worries to God. It’s not that my anxiety has been cured, but it’ll help me live out His purpose for me better.
I hope to someday do more when it comes to health and the ministry. I pray that my church will always be a part of it. I hope and pray to go far not only in the health community, but leading others to Jesus Christ as well.