Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Fear of Hunger

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

We don't want to starve ourselves, we know the dangers of that. But on the flip-side, we must also embrace hunger. What I mean is, hunger is a natural part of the human experience. It's like our emotions. If you've ever seen the Pixar movie Inside Out, the movie uses real neuroscience to explain that we need all the emotions to have a complete and healthy mind. In avoiding sadness or any other emotion other than happiness, we make ourselves frail and vulnerable. It's the same way with eating, in always avoiding the sensation of hunger, in thinking it's always a problem to be solved and we must always feel full — it only detriments our health. To occasionally be hungry doesn't mean there is something wrong, it means you are a sensory being who is experiencing wholeness. It's a natural part of being alive. In a world where people love extremes, I have to be careful with my words, but I have found that this extreme fear of hunger is what leads people to overcompensate, and eventually fall out of the lifestyle they were trying to live. It needs a little emphasis so we can regain balance. We believe never going hungry means we will live longer, but in reality, it often means the opposite.

My name is Sam Yang. I'm a martial artist, entrepreneur, fitness nerd, information geek, and productivity nut. For more useful information, join my newsletter. You can also connect to All Out Effort on Facebook and Twitter. For more philosophical posts, check out Must Triumph

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