Intermittent Fasting is big in the health news and it is very helpful for a lot of people. For some people though, Fasting is not an efficient match for their body and mind. Like any tool we pick up to use in our overall health plan, success comes from learning, trying and reflecting on how well the tool worked for the job at hand. Hunger is both a construct of calorie to energy conversion and an indicator of emotional state.
We eat to gain energy to power our bodies. We eat for enjoyment and we eat from habit. When we seek to change our hunger and eating patterns our systems sit up and pay attention to the shift. They may rebel a little resulting in constipation, nausea or lightheadedness. Preparing our energy system for the stress of the changes that fasting brings improves internal communication and provides support for the changes that the body’s chemistry are bringing about.
Sleep Hunger is another form of managing energy in the body and mind. Occasionally, we miss out on our sleep for wonderful reasons – departing for a vacation or tending to a new puppy. Regular disruptions in our sleep quality and duration are all too common and result in a system that is not prepared to function well. The Brain lacks clarity, the Immune system is weakened and Digestion is interrupted. This Sleep Hunger, like Food Hunger, is part of a cycle that includes converting nutrients and removing toxins in order to provide energy to both the physical body and to the mental emotional body. Most of us operate at some level of “hangry” in sleep pretty regularly.