'Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, 
My lips shall praise You. 
Thus I will bless You while I live; 
I will lift up my hands in Your name.'

Psalms 63:3-4

Welcome to my vault, come in, it is very lovely that you dropped by. Hope you had a good weekend. My weekend was a great one, sunny and chilly.

Always remember to:

Take time to stop and look at the flowers and trees. 
Do not be overly righteous 
Nor be overly wise
Why should you destroy yourself?

For the grass fades 
The flowers will die 
The trees will lose its leaves 
So enjoy them while they are around

Life is vanity
All things will pass 
Store your treasures in Heaven 
Enjoy the gifts of life 
And fear the Lord our God

Come as much as I would love to sit and talk about the leaves that fade, and that death comes to all. Let see what we can find in the vaults: 

It takes a lifetime to enjoy the simple things. The availability of food and the way we eat has overridden our abilities to distinguish between true hunger and just eating for the sake of it.

Not knowing if you are truly hungry or when you are satiated (full) has undoubtedly contributed to the current obesity epidemic we are experiencing.

What is hunger?

Hunger – A craving for food or urgent need for food. It is also an useasy sensation occasionally caused by the lack of food.

Hunger is controlled by a complex interconnected system including our brain, digestive system and fat stores.

Our desire to eat is triggered by internal factors such as low blood sugar or an empty stomach or it can also be triggered by external factors such as the sight or smell of food. 

Other substances that can help control appetite by specific actions of the body.

Water: it stretches the stomach that triggers satiety. Satiety is short-lived as water is quickly absorbed and the body responds to the lack of nutrients

Exercise: High-intensity aerobic exercise affects release of hunger hormones which temporarily suppress hunger

Proteins: affects the release of various appetite-regulating hormones such as leptin increasing feelings of fullness.

Fibre: high in fibre slows the emptying of the stomach and delay the absorption of nutrients keeping you fuller for longer

Nicotine: activates receptors in the hypothalamus, reducing hunger signals

Grapefruits: the scent of grapefruit seems to reduce activation of the vagus nerve reducing appetite.

Hunger! Are you really hungry?

Hunger is usually the lowest priority. From a survival perspective, the only thing that should affect our eating habits is AM I HUNGRY? If YES then food is consumed, if NO then no food is required. 

Well we know that is not the case, our eating behaviour is affected by habit or influenced by social, psychological, sensory or physiological factors.

A good start is the simple act of just stopping, pausing to give yourself a minute thinking time to reflect and ask why you want to eat?

It is not an easy process as it might sound but creating a space can assist in the quest to take control of your eating habits and knowing when to stop.

In addition there will always be practical reasons why you eat at certain times, irrespective of your hunger levels.

Respect it and give yourself grace. Know that there is a difference between hunger and cravings.

Oh dear, look around. It is time for me to say goodbye but... hope to see you again.

Thank you again for stopping by it means a lot to me

Pray you have a wonderful week 🙂

May your week be full of The Joy of the Lord
I praise God for your life
May He teach you
His way as you walk in His foot path
In the Name of Jesus

We cannot control what happens around us, 
but we can control our responses.
Be bless and know that the Lord loves you
Lots of Love - Hannah

©Hannah M Vandi.

And I also pray that this verse refreshes you this week: 
I consider my life worth nothing to me; 
my only aim is to finish the race and 
complete the task the Lord Jesus has given 
me—the task of testifying to the 
good news of God’s grace. '
Acts 20:24 NIV

In a journey of what to look for in the world! All my Nutrion, Financial, Home and Exercise and also Living life are information only and not advice.

All pictures are mine taken on the phone or camera and some edited in app 🙂