Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Yesterday I was tired and emotional hunger thoughts entered my mind. Instead of listening to those thoughts I took a nap.
Before, I would have rested by watching mindless television. Emotional hunger would of kept tempting me until I mindlessly gave in.
But yesterday, when tired, I took a nice nap. I woke up feeling a bit hungry, very relaxed and refreshed. Rather than eat, I just laid in bed enjoying the moment.
I thought how different physical and emotional hunger are from each other. I can only speak for myself.
For me, emotional hunger is a feeling so uncomfortable that I need immediate relief. I believed that eating high calorie foods helped EE, but it doesn't. I would keep eating until I could eat no more. I told myself that I couldn't help it. Eating did not take away the uncomfortable feeling, it just made it worse. After binging, I would feel numb, shame for being such a failure plus my original discomfort.
Physical hunger, the type I felt after my nap, was not demanding. I did not feel the urge to immediately eat. I could wait. I wasn't hungry for a particular food. After I laid around in bed
daydreaming, I got up and had some fruit and yogurt. I was satisfied and worked on one of my projects.
I knew this all along. Why is it so hard to say "no" to emotional hunger?
It might be easier to say "no" to EE if I remembered I want to fit into
The harder I work at it, the easier it will get.