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8/14/11 9:27 A

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I read about the difference between what she terms head hunger and heart hunger in her book "Life is Hard, Food is Easy" and I can't say that I see it in myself. I JUST WANT FOOD! But I am trying to observe over time to see if I can differentiate.

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8/12/11 8:07 P

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no real craving since I have been here but true we have been real busy....

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8/12/11 5:18 P

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8/12/11 5:16 P

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Kitt, that's interesting. Any other food cravings? Or are you too busy, too happy, too exhausted for food? thougths?

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8/12/11 11:11 A

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for me boredom seems to be my biggest issue, some times I want sweets and then at times salty ..funny thing I have not craved chocolate since I came to my sisters.....wonder if it will come back

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8/11/11 5:46 P

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When I was trying to stop all forms of overeating... because I overate a lot... I found that one of the most difficult forms was eating in response to strong negative emotions; extreme stress and anger.... these kinds of emotions are kind of full of energy bursts for me and there is an urge to eat & eat fast...

this was distinctly different for me for what she calls "heart hunger" that we'll discuss soon... those for me represented blue, sad, even utterly sad... and that was more want to curl up with a good book/blankie and eat ice cream or mac&cheese until the cows come home... consistent, ongoing, the sun will never shine again...

so although I initially did not see a distinction in my eating patterns... as I went along further in time assessing... just when I'm having the urges to overeat that I couldn't easily stop; sometimes hormonal nothing satisfies... anger... give me big, crunchy Tex Mex... sad give me my comfort... so I ended up being surprised that I had fallen into these things... really hadn't been that aware...

still working on breaking those emotions soothed by food connections...

when I am not feeling urge to soothe by food, I agree, a chip is but a chip... and I have chips and cheese almost daily as 1 of my regular snacks... I just no longer polish off the family size bags ;)



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8/11/11 9:58 A

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I wish all her types of hunger had been described at once; this "head" hunger seems too broad to me, I can't get my head around it emoticon

"Head hunger usually tends to be connected to pressure-type emotions such as anger, frustration, or resentment. it can also show up when you're trying to avoid feelings that you don't like, such as grief or other painful emotions. Some of the most common reasons for head hunger eating include stress, deadlines, and other people."

What else is there? LOL

When I was reading about "crunchy" I thought of carrots. They're very satisfying to eat but I do occasionally want salt, which will have me going for chips, instead. I don't know that I believe that my eating is so straightforward as to be based mostly on unconscious texture choices.

I'm not sure I want my head getting in here, messing with what my body is doing? I do that too much already, over-think things. I do want my head observing for my heart to check it out and see what it wants to do, I applaud that but think this might be getting too detailed for me. I don't want to second guess every "bad" food choice I make, sometimes a chip is just a chip!


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8/10/11 12:47 P

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emoticon Day 56, 100 days Head Hunger?

The next few days we'll be talking first about head hunger and related foods and then heart hunger and related foods. Linda observed in her work that different kinds of emotional eating evoked similar kinds of eating in her clients from the stories/observations her clients told her. This type of food association can be a completely new idea to many of us, and may or may not ring a bell for you, but it can help to ponder what we are doing so we can identify our difficult eating patterns and begin to fix them. Please share your thougths and what helps you :)



emoticon What foods do you reach for?
Have you ever wondered why some days you would kill for a piece of cheesecake, yet at other times you seem to crave tortilla chips or peanuts? You may not realize it, but with non-hungry eating, your food choices can serve as a mirror, indicating what type of emotional need you're experiencing.

In my work (says Linda, author) I've learned you can separate emotional eating into 2 distinct types -- head hunger and heart hunger. We'll look at head hunger today, then address heart hunger later.


emoticon Chew, crunchy foods
Head hunger usually starts with a specific food thought or craving; you know exactly what you want. A food desire pops into your mind, making you search for chips, popcorn, or a specific brand of candy bar.

With head hunger, you typically look for foods that are chewy or crunchy, such as potato chips, nuts, and candy. Foods with a dense, chewy texture also seem to appease head hunger. For example, hamburgers, pizza, and even chocolate all have a "smash in your mouth" sensation that replaces what you'd really like to do to somebody or something else.

Head hunger usually tends to be connected to pressure-type emotions such as anger, frustration, or resentment. it can also show up when you're trying to avoid feeligns that you don't like, such as grief or other painful emotions. Some of the most common reasons for head hunger eating include stress, deadlines, and other people.


emoticon What do i want to chew on?
Whenever you crave a chewy or crunchy food, take a quick inventory of what might be affecting you. Then ask yourself, "What do I really want to chew on?"

Try to identify anything that'sirritating you, bothering you, or stressing you out right at that moment. Your answer might include your kids, finances, friends, project deadlines, or a new or difficult job.

When you've identified the source of your head hunger, ask yourself: "Will eating change this issue?" In other words, will food really mend your relationships or improve your child's behavior? Can it eliminate a project deadline? Of course not.

Eating might seem to fix the problem because initially you feel calmer or less angry. But after you finish eating and the food is gone, the situation still remains -- often causeing you to reach for food again. Eating simply postpones what you really need to do in order to cope with life issues.


emoticon Suggested activities for today
~ Make a list of your favorite chew or crunchy foods, especially ones that you might reach for when you aren't physically hungry.

~ Think of at least 3 places or situations where you're tempted to reach for head hunger foods.

~ Ask yourself what you really want to "chew on" in those situations. Record your insights in your notebook.




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