7 Simple Strategies for Managing Hunger
Recently clients and friends have asked me how they can overcome their “hunger” when they get home from work. Sometimes hunger is real because they have a light lunch that does not have all the six flavors we learn in Ayurveda nutrition and snacks from some mixed trail or sweet fruit with a cup of herbal tea can be a useful antidote. However, often hunger is associated with emotions. We may feel tired because we have been giving/serving all day long. We need to do something to quell our “hunger.”
For example, a friend and client I recently met commented on how he felt he needed to eat something when he returned from work and found that at night he ate the most food, something he would better avoid.
When I listened to me, I thought about how this reaction would be interpreted in Ayurvedic terms. During the day when we work we serve, keep giving. Many of us spend days constantly busy interacting with colleagues, clients, and customers or working on projects that require a lot of mental energy. After a day of working like this, we may have a lot of nervous energy or feel drained. When we finish working, we often feel the need to give something to ourselves, to take care of ourselves in some ways because of everything we have provided but it is also important to manage our energy levels.
In nutrition Ayurveda sweetness is associated with love, affection, nurturing so that the most straightforward and most intuitive way we care for ourselves is to eat something, usually something sweet to increase our cells. Sometimes we take something to eat because we feel physically hungry, but even after hunger is gone, we continue to eat to satisfy possible emotional hunger. So I want to share with you seven simple strategies for nurturing yourself when you come back from work / at night that doesn’t always involve eating but will help you move into space to feed yourself regularly at a more sustainable level.
Lie down and do relaxation exercises – starting from the head and quietly instructing every part of your body to relax. “I relax … [insert body parts]. [Insert body parts] relax/relax” If necessary, record instructions with your voice and then listen to them. This automatic suggestion technique is effective and will take you around 10-15 minutes
Do physical exercise – take a walk, run, swim, bike alone.
Taking a quick shower – water is a good way to get rid of the tension of the day.
Listen to soothing music or sing some of your favorite songs.
Perform six alternate nostril breathing rounds
Do a massage or massage yourself.
Drink a cup of freshly brewed tulsi tea – tulsi is one of my favorites!