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This afternoon as I sat down to preparer this passage for you, I found myself unable to concentrate. My focus kept wandering off the page. Then I noticed it – the rumbling in my stomach. I was hungry. For me, a typical hunger signal is loss of focus.  So, I had a choice to make. I could power through and keep writing or I could acknowledge my need to eat and take a break. I chose the break. I got up from my computer and reached into the insulated bag I carry with me. Inside I found a protein bar. I have learned that these bars are good for me when I am hungry and either don’t have time for a “proper” snack or when I know I want to be hungry again soon because of plans I made. Today, I knew that I would be eating my dinner soon but still wanted to address the hunger I had now. The protein bar was a perfect choose. I stepped away from my computer and sat on my couch. I unwrapped the protein bar and ate it. It took about five minutes and I was done. I returned to my computer better able to finish the writing I had started.  I share this little anecdote to remind you how mindful hunger works. I was able to recognize not only my need to eat but also what and how much would suit me best. How are you doing with this skill? Are you able to recognize your hunger signals? Are you tuned into your body now? If not, why not? Spend some time revisiting how your body shares the news that it’s hunger with you.   Keep practicing until you and your hunger are on good terms. Adapted from Mindful Bites – Joyful Life: 365 Days of Mindful Eating. Available in bookstores everywhere.

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