Pardon, But My Stomach Has a Question

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Should one eat when one is not hungry?

This question is almost always answered “no.” Eating when you’re not hungry stretches your stomach, so it will take more food to fill you up the next time you eat. Also, eating when you’re not hungry is unnecessary. After all, we should only eat because we’re hungry. Food is fuel. If you are not in need of fuel, you needn’t consume fuel. The excess fuel turns into excess poundage that is very, very hard to get rid of.

But there are always extenuating circumstances. For example, you’re booked from 5 until 10 and will have no chance to eat a meal until very late at night—which isn’t exactly a good idea. You know that if you do not eat now, you’ll be hungry later. But you’re not hungry now. In fact, you’re still very full from lunch. But 4:00 or 4:30 will be your last chance to eat for the rest of the day.

Now you are in a food dilemma. Eat even though you’re full? Not eat and combat a growling stomach later?  What’s a girl to do?

I’ll have to meditate on this one while I finish up the remains of a box of Russell Stover. (Please, someone come help me.)

It is Friday, after all.

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