This tool starts with making a choice to accept that there will be moments when you feel hungry. This follows from being present in your body, becoming aware of the sensation of hunger, and then choosing to allow that sensation, instead of following a pattern of eating the moment you feel hunger. This is an ongoing commitment to accepting hunger, and being okay with not immediately satisfying the urge to eat, not a one-off choice.

The choice to look hunger in the face can put you in a difficult emotional state, even to the point where you tell yourself that you are “starving” and your survival depends on eating right away. You might even abhor hunger to the degree that you obsess about planning meals hours before you are actually hungry. If you find this tool challenging, remind yourself that you’re not really going to perish if you are simply hungry for a short while.