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July 8, 2011
Cake for Breakfast or Healthy Hungers v. Unhealthy Hungers

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“Do you see a distinction between healthy hungers and unhealthy hungers?” Jamie Ridler asked me last week as she interviewed me for her Creative Living podcast.

“Give me an example of an unhealthy hunger?” I said.

“Like, I’m hungry in the morning and so yes, I am going to have that cake, I want the whole thing!” Jamie replied with a slightly giddy laugh at the thought of this devious act.

I smiled and said “I don’t think cake for breakfast is a bad thing. Are you connecting or disconnecting? Are you moving closer to your Self or farther away from your Self?”

That’s the difference between a good hunger and bad hunger: does it move you closer or further away from your Self? does it connect you to your Self or disconnect you from your Self?”

It’s that simple.

And, yes, it’s that complex…in that you can’t just follow prescribed rules of good foods and bad foods. good portion sizes and bad portion sizes. good times to eat and bad times to eat. good cooking methods and bad cooking methods. good food sources and bad food sources.

You have stay present. You have to listen inward. You have to remove Judgement’s place at the table. Is this hunger moving me towards my Self or away? Listen. Ask. Allow. Allow. Allow. Feed yourself.

There is no reason that cake for breakfast can’t be the best hunger in the world. It’s just not that simple. And yet it is.

This applies, of course, to hungers for things other than food. Hungers to up and quit your job. Hungers to buy something shiny and new. Hungers to be with friends. Hungers to get it on. Hungers to wait. Hungers to go. Hungers to stay. Hungers to run away. or towards.