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Hunger-hunger or emotional hunger?


Tuesday, July 09, 2013

I can tell now the difference between true hunger and emotional hunger. It's taken me a lot of failed attempts at this to be able to truly understand the difference between the two.

Before I eat, I do a kind of check in with my body and mind. It seems to work pretty well. It kinda goes like this.

FACT COLLECTING
When was the last time I ate? How much did I eat how long ago?
Have I expended enough physical/mental energy since the last time I ate to be truly hungry?
Does my stomach feel full?
When was the last time I drank water...might this be thirst?

EMOTIONAL CHECK IN:
What thoughts are going on in my head right now?
Am I craving a SPECIFIC food, particularly a 'comfort' food i've historically overate to overcome negative feelings or make good ones better?
Take a few deep breaths and clear your mind. Relax. After this is done, has your "hunger" level changed up or down? Same?

Since I have a history of abusing alcohol and cigarettes in order to elicit certain FEELINGS or lack of them, it is no wonder I have managed to apply the same principle to the misuse of food.

I want to keep doing these 'check ins' especially in times of quote-unquote "weaknesses" around food. This is only one peice of the puzzle to put together to successfully make my relationship with food a healthy one. But it's one heck of a great start. It beats the hell out of throwing my hands up as some kind of failure.

I HAVE THE POWER OF CHOICE here. So I choose to be mindful, and before overeating today, do this fact finding and emotional check in first, to separate my true hunger from my emotional hunger.
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OUTTATHE200CLUB 7/9/2013 10:24PM

    oh good, new me :) It's good to write this stuff down...helps me remember what worked when I wonder, etc. I have a giant forgetter. :)


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NEWME1027 7/9/2013 9:59PM

    Great blog! You gave me some great ideas. Thanks emoticon

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