Thursday, June 09, 2011
In relation to the article posted on information from a dietitian, this article also proved to be interesting. It lines up with my personal reasons and goals to lose weight. It also has helpful tools (such as a portion guide!: http://hp2010.nhlbihin.net/por
This part was helpful for me in my quest to understand hunger:
"With years of experience in eating disorders, family structure, and food dynamics, dietitian Trish Hunter says the first thing to focus on is hunger versus non-hunger eating.
Hunger can also be called “stomach hunger”. Your stomach growls, you may feel lightheaded, and weak. Your body is giving you physical signs that it needs fuel. When you feel stomach hunger you should listen to your body and eat some nutrient dense foods until you feel comfortably full.
Non-hunger eating is caused by “mouth hunger”. You suddenly want the taste or texture of something in your mouth but have no physical hunger cues. There is nothing wrong with eating when you experience mouth hunger, but it should be in very small amounts since your body does NOT need these calories.
It is important to pay attention while you are eating or the mouth hunger will only increase. Therefore, don’t eat while watching television, driving the car, reading, or doing any activity that keeps your focus away from your food. Keeping a food journal can help you track how often you eat because of hunger or non-hunger."