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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.

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?

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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
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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