Therapeutic Hunger: Habitual Mindless eating to Mindful eating

Therapeutic Hunger: Necessary for good health

I want to coin this term “Therapeutic Hunger” (TH), to differentiate it from the hunger that is associated with problem issues like famine, poverty and eating disorders.

“Therapeutic Hunger” (TH) is the residual hunger that is still left when we don’t eat stomach full.  When we finish meals, and have eaten just the right quantity of food, that we don’t feel full and have left some space in stomach to properly digest the food . This sweet hunger is very therapeutic, as it helps optimise digestion, proper absorption of nutrients, and enough space for elimination of waste.

TH is a signal for body organs to digest food more efficiently. Our body parts have evolved to work in such a way, so as to conserve energy. They will not perform any unnecessary work. So when there is plenty of food supply, they don’t need to extract nutrients most efficiently or digest fully. Also abdomen is like a food processor, when filled over the limit it can’t process food very well. It needs space to digest the food.

Thus if we make it a habit to always eat just the amount of food, so as to leave some “Therapeutic Hunger” (TH). It will improve health by controlling weight, digesting food, absorbing nutrients. It seems hard in the beginning, but later it feels good like sweet hunger. That remaining hunger is a very good feeling, and one can enjoy various tastes of the foods, digestion and good health.

Now a days, when we are used to eating on fixed time and fixed amounts. We have time for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The serving sizes are also more or less fixed, as suggested by food recipes. Even the most weight loss programs suggest the size of meals. Instead of habit of eating at fixed times, and fixed quantities, we should build or senses to eat when we are hungry and the right amount for individual need. Dependence on stimulating agents like coffee, team, alcohol, tobacco etc. also doesn’t help. These substances mask our senses and we slowly lose control.

  • Always leave some space for food to process, and digest. No over eating.
  • Enhance your senses, move from habitual Mindless eating to Mindful eating.
  • Food is just one channel of life force, there are others. Don’t ignore other forces that sustain life – breathing, sun, and other cosmic energies. When you eat less, body will automatically draw more from other life forces.

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“Therapeutic Hunger” (TH), seems hard, but I have many ideas that can help in slowly making it a habit. The book on this topic is now available at Amazon . It has many ideas, suggestions and practical hints to cultivate habit of leaving TH, breathing well and keeping right posture. While  other books I have seen (and there are plenty of books on weight loss and control) focus on what to eat( type of foods) in fixed amount. There is a need to teach users to build our senses so we can individually know, what to eat, when and, how much.

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183 thoughts on “Therapeutic Hunger: Habitual Mindless eating to Mindful eating

  1. Really a good article and excellent information.
    In fact I differentiate people into two classes – eat to live and live to eat. I am lean, chew tobacco at 64 I am healthy because I do not usually go to wedding receptions etc where people mostly come to have food. Once you treat food as your “life saver” not as “life ambition” most of your ills will be cured. At last I come across an authority person to quote or link on this subject.

  2. I’ve often felt that eating small amounts throughout the day made me feel better. i could better enjoy the food as I ate it because it was exclusive and left time to be savored. Little did I know this was also good for digesting!

    I have always disliked the idea that we must eat at given times in given amounts. Sometimes, I want more, earlier, or less, later. Just found your blog, and I’ll be back!

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