"They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31
Yesterday, I listened to the Holy Spirit and fasted from solid foods. It was not too difficult, and I was able to pray through the cravings. This morning, I realize that I did not experience stomach hunger one time! I experienced cravings. I had head hunger, aka "emotional hunger". There was a little voice inside my head that expressed itself every time I got stressed or upset. The same little voice screamed "I want to eat you" every time I walked by the cookie and fudge tray. I tamed that little voice by saying, "God first", and was able to wait patiently for the annoying cacophony to go away.
Today, before getting out of bed, I asked God what He wants me to focus on today. He said, "I'm not done". I believe He is leading me to wait until I experience stomach hunger before eating solid foods. When my stomach is empty and my blood sugar level drops, my stomach muscles will begin to contract and a hormone called ghrelin will send a signal to my brain telling me it's time to eat.
Today, my goal is to pay attention to the difference between "head hunger" and "stomach hunger". I will wait on stomach hunger before eating, and I will continue to pray through the cravings.