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Skipping A Meal Part 2 – I Don’t Feel Any Different

For the fourth consecutive work day in a row I have skipped lunch. Aside from some very deep belches and some growling from my stomach, “I don’t feel any different”. The hunger hasn’t overcome me. I don’t find myself obsessing about food. I walk into the cafeteria and peruse around to see what food is available. Some of the food looks very yummy and it is good enough for me to briefly look at, imagine what it would taste like, and walk away.

I also haven’t noticed many other bodily signs that something may be wrong after foregoing lunch. I don’t notice any cognitive impairment (I am still thinking very clearly) and my legs seem to be underneath me just fine.

The one thing I do notice about skipping lunch is that dinner doesn’t go down as easy. It’s almost like my stomach, in the beginning, is rejecting the food. It doesn’t want the food. But after a few minutes of eating that feeling eventually goes away and eating becomes more enjoyable again. Somewhat of an unpleasant feeling but not bad enough to resume eating lunch.

The “I don’t feel any different” part of it is something very mental. Skipping the meal doesn’t really effect my emotions. It doesn’t effect my spiritual well-being. I still, for the most part, feel whole. I don’t feel saddened or particularly upset. I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. If anything, I feel like somewhat of a stronger person for resisting appetitive urges. I walk around with a little bit more pride perched on my shoulder.

But this is only a behavior that I’m executing in the short-term (i.e. – only doing it for 4 days). I don’t know yet what longings I will have. I might begin to crave certain foods and it could, possibly, overwhelm me and I might give in. I have to keep testing myself to see how long I can sustain the abstaining behavior.

In any event, I am losing weight at a very noticeable rate and I want to see what will happen in the next few weeks if I keep up with the abstaining behavior.

I think a very simple truth exists; we need to consume less. I’m not saying that skipping a meal (like lunch) is the right solution. I’m just saying that it’s worth experimenting with to see what results it can yield. Some people don’t have this luxury. Some people work in very physically demanding jobs that require 3 square meals a day. I, however, am currently in transportation and my job description entails a lot of sitting. I’m not burning a lot of calories physically and so food isn’t the most pertinent thing for me.

So far I’m enduring emotional discomfort (not enjoying the pleasure of eating a yummy meal). It’s not that bad and eating has become somewhat of a frustration for me as of late.

What are your views on eating? Have you thought about skipping a meal? If so, which one and why?

It’d be great to hear from you,

Matthew R. Polkinghorne

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