Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I am reading through "100 days of weight loss" by Linda Sprangle with a group of Sparkfriends. We have a discussion thread on the Emotional Eating Spark team.
Today's topic is "Head Hunger".
The author contends that there are times when we crave crunchy or chewy foods when we are feeling angry, frustrated, or resentful. She says when we have the desire to eat these kinds of foods we should ask ourselves, "What do I really want to chew on?"
I'm not sure that I buy this premise -- I think I enjoy nuts, chips, and popcorn because I like salty foods! But I DO agree that when I feel hungry, but am not interested in eating an apple or baby carrots, it's not real hunger but some emotion that's sending me to the fridge.
With me, it's more likely to be boredom than anything else.
So rather than ask myself, "What do I really want to chew on?", I think I need to ask myself if a healthy snack won't appease the hunger. If it won't, then I need to just avoid eating altogether!