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Gillian
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Hi Anna,

You have observed and described this very well. I’ll be speaking about Pavlov in our next webinar and much more about our third core theme of Desire (which includes hunger, craving, compulsion, impulse, etc).

You ask if your feeling of hunger at 7am comes from your expectation of having breakfast then (Pavlovian conditioning) or if it’s real hunger. In fact it could be both at the same time, or one or the other.

I don’t think there’s a way to know for sure. What you call “real hunger” is itself (at least in large part) an expectation of eating; it’s the beginning of the digestive process when the body anticipates the arrival of food and gets ready to process it.

Much more about this on Sunday.