I've discovered what true hunger is. True hunger is being in the food isle at Walgreen's and having trouble deciding what to buy because everything looks good.
Every crappy food on the shelf, even non-refrigerated steamable meals that are, in my normal opinion, slightly greater in quality and value than an MRE. They may be less.
Normally, I know that I must be hungry because I start "noticing" food, food ads, food signs, etc. Like, "Oh, KFC. I wonder if there's anything vegetarian there? Man, I miss fried chicken." or, "Oh, Wendy's. Their fries are awesome. Hey, frozen pizzas are on sale at Smith's"
But on the day that I had completed my 64th mile for the week (the most I've ever done in a training week, so far) my stomach was wrapping itself around my spine, there in the isle at Walgreen's. A noise emitted from my contracting food bag that, I swear, made the guy standing further down the isle edge a little further away. I just tried to affect a neutral face like, noise? what noise?
No, that did NOT come from me, because I am a delicate flower.
Still, I couldn't decide what to eat. So many awful possibilities...I finally chose a reasonably low-fat Simply Asia noodle bowl, a can of tiny shrimp, and a can of crab meat, to get protein I need. It was a crazy 12 or some points in Weight Watchers, which means I will, literally, eat into my activity points for the week now.
After briefly considering using my Purel to disinfect two pens to use as chopsticks, I reluctantly came to the conclusion that I'm going to have to go get a spork. From the cafeteria. Which is downstairs. Down. STAIRS.
I put my head down on the desk for a moment and tried not to cry. Yeah. Big baby. My legs were tired. I was so. Hungry.
I considered, for a moment, taking the elevator down one floor, but that would be ridiculous, even for me. But I considered it.
I went downstairs and got a spork, climbed the stairs again to my office, and ate my space meal, which amounted to a bowl full of barely flavored low-fat high protein nutrients with some flavoring. And then, inexplicably, I wanted some cheese popcorn. But that will have to wait.
There is no reason for my body to crave most of the things that it craves. There are no "missing" nutrients for me in coconut m&ms, cheese popcorn, a cherry coke, or fried ANYTHING. None. is my body short on oil? How about carbon dioxide? salt? Nope, none of those things.
I will accept that I have cravings for Advil and protein, but that's about it. And maybe breading.