I’m sure most of you have heard by now of The Hunger Games. Despite my resistance at the subject matter, once I got into the book, I couldn’t put it down. Fabulous writing. I guess that’s why it’s so popular.
But I’m not talking about the book here. I’m talking about my own version of hunger. And to deal with my hunger, I made it into a “game.”
Thanks to the inspiration of my friend, Rhi Farrell, I started the GM Diet this week. (Rhi runs a parenting website called The Parent 411 and she also does web design.)
I had been counting calories, trying to shed 10 pounds that have crept up over the past several years. But the counting wasn’t working. I’m not sure why; I was pretty good at math when I was younger. My adult version of math wasn’t as reliable :
- 400 calories for lunch + ignore calories from Goldfish crackers popped into my mouth while serving children = no weight loss
How hard could only seven days of “dieting” be? After all, the diet plan consisted mostly of fruits and vegetables (the vegetarian version anyway). For someone like me, vegetarian for more than half my life, it seemed perfect.
Day One: Eat nothing but fruit, except no bananas. Drink 10 glasses of water.
My Day One: After consuming almost an entire cantaloupe, some green grapes, and apple slices, I felt fine. Satiated.
But then nighttime came and my son’s track practice where I normally walk laps with my friend, Coach Karen. (Join her Facebook page for some awesome dieting and health tips. She is one of the most encouraging people I know!)
I didn’t take any snacks with me – or any liquids – as I didn’t want to have to visit the bathroom on every lap. But as we walked, the hunger set in. Clawing, scratching at me. Feed me. Now. Eat anything. Now.
How could I deal with it?
I tried centering myself into a meditative state. What would I do if I really had no food around? After all, I’ve never suffered from that dilemma.
I had to make it into a game. Pretending I didn't have the choice.
So maybe that’s what this week is really about. Me learning what it feels like to be hungry.
And even though I do have food within reach, there are many others who do not. To me, it was just a game to get through one night of dieting; to others, it’s a way of life.
[How can you help? One way: Go through your cupboard and pull out things you know you won’t eat (not expired though!). Donate them to your local food bank.]
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