How do you experience hunger?
Sounds like a strange question, I know.
I had a conversation with my sister about hunger - she's thin and athletic and I'm, well, not. I noticed that she was going for long periods of time without eating, and I asked her if she wasn't hungry. She said that she did get hungry, but that she didn't feel a burning need to do anything about it. Like when you become aware that you have to pee - you can choose to answer the call, but you could also ignore it until later if you were busy.
I don't get that - when I get hungry, I get HUNGRY! It's a driving need to eat, otherwise I start feeling nauseous, I can't concentrate, and when my blood sugar drops eventually, I'll be shaky, weak and have stomach pains. Obviously, this is the biggest sabotage to my healthy eating plans - if hunger hits, I'll gnaw on anything within reach just to make it go away.
Yes, I know the solution is to eat small meals frequently, and to keep healthy snacks around. And I'm not looking for excuses, I'm just trying to understand this physical response, and perhaps find a way to lessen the effects so I'll have an easier time moderating my diet.
So, what does hunger feel like to you? Can you ignore it, or do you have to eat right away? How does this affect your diet? Any ideas to reduce the severity of hunger pangs?