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8/29/14 9:05 P

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I eat when I'm stressed or feel overwhelmed or lonely. Usually at the end of the evening I feel like I want to eat something before I go to bed. Most times I resist, but one evening about a week ago I gave in to the feeling. Looking back I know it was because of financial insecurity because I was not going back to a seasonal job I was working. But I've started to look for another one and don't feel as stressed anymore. I like to chew on anything with nuts in it.

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8/29/14 2:24 P

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emoticon Barbara! What you say about some emotions being pushed down so far that they become just a free-floating general anxiety - so true! And uncovering at least part of what was under your feeling after the interview
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ding! what a lightbulb moment!

So glad you are still able to travel on these 100 days with me/us despite feeling awful!


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When you "...avoid feelings that you don't like such as grief or other painful emotions" and substitute foods, then you never resolve the problem. For me, eating allows for a temporary and immediate relief, but, it is not permanent or a long lasting relief. After stuffing myself full, I not only felt the same, I felt worse for having eaten it all.

Another area she mentions as causing "head hunger" is "stress, deadlines, and other people." This was so amazing when I read it because I had a huge deadline (in fact three) coming up at once. I couldn't get to any of them especially one which felt overwhelming. Being sick didn't help either. Still when I had nothing else to sidestep with I was ready to do the #1 item on my list. Guess what?! I went and ate instead. I felt like I needed food to get up the courage to attack this huge problem especially when I was feeling so lousy.

For me, I have pushed down my emotions so far that while I recognize some of my issues, but a number of other times I just have an overreaching random anxiety in which I crave food. I don't even realize what it is about. Get this: after I came back from re-interviewing for my 2nd job (which I had already!) I left feeling somewhat murky and my first thought was I wanted to eat. I tried to figure it out and realize why I was upset because I didn't feel anything about the job exactly. I just felt numb. Later, I realized how down I felt about losing the money I needed until at least, December and how financially it would impact me terribly.

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Nice one Ferrnie!
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8/28/14 7:24 A

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Day 56 - Head Hunger

1. anything steak, or chocolate and warm or chewy and for the crunchy, either toast or a grilled cheese sandwich.

2. I've got my 3 places or situations

3. I recorded them in my notebook.

This is a good lesson and I'm going to go back to my notebook today, and write more. This is very helpful.

I really like the phrase, "Eating simply postpones what you really need to do in order to cope with life issues." Linda Spangle





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8/28/14 1:48 A

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Day 56 - Head Hunger

This is a good one for me to do today as I have at least 14 hrs of work on my shift and 3 hrs travelling on top of that.

I am reading this day as different from what we've done before.

Before, we looked at what kinds of foods we go to when we are feeling a certain way and think about how we could do something different other than eat food!

This time, we are sort of working it back the other way: look at what food we are craving - see if that tells us what emotion we might be experiencing - then identify it's cause: do we need to change something in our life?

OK - so first Linda asks us to make a list of favourite chewy or crunchy foods, especially those we might go for when we aren't physically hungry. This one, we have done before: crisps, crusty bread, chewy sweets like fruit gums, toffees etc, Mars Bar, cookies.

Then 3 places or situations where you tempted to go for those foods: as soon as I leave work is certainly one of them - when all the stresses of the day get sort of released!

Then - ASK YOURSELF: What do I really want to "chew on"? (to me this reads, try to find out what's really upsetting me, what's bugging me? is it something I want to change? is it something I can change?)

"Eating simply postpones what you really need to do in order to copy with life issues." Linda Spangle

So - off I go to work - and I've got all my food packed up for the day, and no money to buy anything different - but I shall make a conscious effort to notice when I have a head-hunger thought today.

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8/15/14 3:46 P

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Day 56--Head Hunger

Hmmm ... haven't we already done this??? I am trying to keep up : )

I have fewer and fewer days of head hunger. I eat 4 to 5 times a day and do something any thing physical on the rare occasions I feel "antsy". This is in addition to my planned exercise 5 times a week.

Though I enjoy Linda Spangles books ... sometimes it feels like the lessons are out of step.

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8/14/14 1:55 A

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Day 56--Head Hunger


Looking back at some of the previous lessons, I have described my "head hunger" a few times now. It is a need to crunch or bite through chewy foods when angry or stressed.

Favorite foods for that are pretzels, carrot sticks, licorice, juju fish in mass quantities.

Situations where head hunger has happened in the past might be when dealing with high stress activities at work, or all the Medicaid red tape when DH was in the nursing home. Now head hunger happens infrequently, if I am having a bad caregiving day in Dementia land or when frustrated with dealing with healthcare red tape.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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