Until I learned to recognize that overweight person in the mirror, I’d never given much thought to hunger and the fact there are different “kinds” of hunger.
Being able to recognize the differences between real and emotional hunger is a key step in learning to eat healthy.
As a whole, in society, we learn to eat when we are happy. We eat when we are bored and sometimes, we don’t realize we are eating at all – we just munch! This kind of eating is known as emotional eating and can create extra pounds your body doesn’t need.
Here is how to tell if your body really needs that food or if it’s tied to an emotional response:
Grows gradually, you will eat anything, you can wait, you stop when you feel full, you feel good after eating, you feel energized
Hits suddenly, you crave a specific food, needs to be satisfied instantly, no amount of food fills you, you feel guilty after eating, you feel heavier
With a little attention, I plan to lose weight gradually by learning the right way to eat. By not caving in to the cravings and learning to substitute foods properly to achieve healthy, but satisfying results.
Some of the biggest battles I anticipate will be that half teaspoon of sugar that will be missing from my coffee now. That handful of potato chips and breads. I LOVE breads – all kinds. Especially my two pieces of toast that normally kick off my day – now replaced with a rightful serving of whole grain Cheerios.
What are some of the recognizable emotional attachments you have to foods?