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Day 56 Head Hunger?
I'm sticking to my program and finding healthy cures for head hunger.
Crunchy was my go to I'll satisfy with carrots, lettuce, & whole cucumber. Drinking plenty of water it clears the mind.

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Interesting points you make Pam.

For me, I am not one that is uncomfortable being assertive and making my needs known ... I won't say in getting my needs met however. Long ago I learned making my needs known and wanting them to be met by others is one thing ... their meeting my needs is totally another thing. It does not always happen - whether husband, friend, family, co-worker or boss. So, I've learned I must meet my own needs if others do not. Including my husband. I like being 'independent' of my husband ... able to take care of what I need to on my own if necessary. Feeling comfortable with that. So, for me, this is not a scenario of where I would turn to food.

There is an art to being assertive however ... graciously ... I've not yet become an expert in that camp - ha!

I've always thought it better being assertive ... maybe because of how I grew up watching my mother - she was not - and I realized at a very young age how much of her personality was 'squashed' or 'diminished' because of choosing to 'be in the background'. Now that I am thinking of her I do believe some of her eating patterns probably were in response to this frustration. She also had a weight problem all her adult life. Sometimes I dreamed of knowing my mother as the woman 'she could have been' had she stood her ground a bit more or made her needs/desires known. In fact, I 'helped' her later in her life assert herself a bit after I had left the family home when she wanted to go to work and my father did not want her 'to work'. She wanted 'something to do' and to be around people, feel useful...not just sit in an empty house waiting for the husband to get home from work. I discussed this with my father (for her) and I encouraged her to go to work ... she did go to work - despite my father's chagrin about it ... she eventually became a licensed florist ... was creative, had friends, loved it. And, in the end, my father was actually proud of what my mother did - how creative she was - and how many loved her/appreciated her.

I, too, am working on my emotional overeating by looking at the 'causes' and alleviating those - working on all this from that angle - more so than seeing the 'symptom' of turning to food and finding alternatives to that ... because in the end the 'cause' is still there. I want to be DONE with it...cure it!

But head hunger, fortunately, does not seem to be a trigger for me.

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As I have said before, I have been reading all of your posts going back to last fall so I can get an idea of where you are all at with this particular Day's lesson.

I did notice something is how frequently many of you mentioned dealing with tough situations by turning to food. It makes me wonder if this is a particular female trait and that maybe some of us haven't really learned to feel comfortable with being assertive in getting our needs met. I know that is the case with me.

My approach, at this time, with emotional eating is that I want to get to the root causes of why I turn to food and then I want to work on those causes so I won't feel the need to food that I don't need and maybe don't even want.

Case in point, I am noticing that as I am becoming more assertive in my own personal needs I am finding it frustrating to express this to my husband (since I live with him and therefore harmony and balance in our home is dependent on us at least being aware of where the other person is and respecting that).

In his enthusiasm he just invited me to go to Daily Mass with him. He is a great mood, after having had a family vaca for a week and reconnecting with a lot of people he hadn't seen in a year. Me on the other hand had just awakened 1 hour before he asked me. I am trying to avoid caffeine so I am understandably irritable (well I think it is understandable). I spent that same week, stressing over paying some very large bills (I am the CFO in our home---chief financial officer), working on establishing a sleep pattern which didn't happen, having a heavy TOM and added laundry, the list goes on. In other words, while he is high as a kite I am somewhere in the dark basement mood-wise. I love my husband dearly but sometimes he is just plain clueless. LOL.

So, it is like walking a tightrope. I want to avoid emotionally eating because I do feel like 'chewing him out' which ends up coming out like a snake that is hissing (reminds me of the song "like a snake all coiled up and hissing") vs. someone who obviously (and deserved it because he works hard) enjoyed his time away from his own stresses.

This is what happens when you take away turning to food for whatever reason other than 'fuel': you start seeing what and why you are in the state you are at. I am learning to be assertive in a direct and respective way. It is not an easy lesson to learn but I think an important one. I am hurting myself when I turn to food for any other reason than fuel.

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I can so relate to this from before my retirement! Not so much now, thank goodness.

DJ, you are so right when you talked about learning to just experience the emotion! When I started learning that the feeling itself will not kill me, it helped so much. After it starts dissipating, it's easier to think. Thanks for the reminder!

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Someone called this mouth hunger and said there is no way to satisfy it because the goal of the mouth is to swallow. I find that when I am in a fit of head or mouth hunger I am insatiable. Two things are helping me with this. The first is the realization that eating will not satisfy the hunger and the second is that the only treats in the house are for my grandchildren and I am embarrassed to eat their food.

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Day 56 - Head Hunger

I did not relate to this chapter today very well. Linda states that 'head hunger' usually has us gravitating toward chewy or crunchy foods - potato chips, nuts, and candy or pizza, hamburgers, chocolate, etc. and usually with a 'specific' food thought or craving in mind.

I do not tend to go for 'specific' foods when experiencing the head hunger situations she describes: anger, frustration, resentment, avoiding feelings. I do tend to 'go' for foods ... well, I 'used to do this' ... not so much anymore. But IF I do go for foods IT CAN BE ANYTHING ... even my regular good-for-me food - just eating it inappropriately as in not my meal, not for fuel, etc.

I'm working on other options to turn to and must be having some success as I do not turn to food lately ... I think actually what I've been doing is 'sitting with the emotion/feeling' and just letting myself 'experience' it and waiting for it to pass ... which it does ... eventually ...sometimes easier/quicker than others. But far better than complicating the whole scenario than eating something 'less than good' for me and regretting THAT later - creating ANOTHER emotional hurdle! Maybe I'm getting off this particular yo-yo syndrome/train - ha!

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Certainly, I can 'hunger' for food when I'm stressed, disappointed, etc. But I can get head hunger from tons of other stimuli, too. Seeing food, smelling it, situations that bring memories, etc. It's almost endless! Food is the natural reinforcer. It paid us well at one point in history to take advantage of many reasons to eat.

That's why a fair, reasonable eating schedule that I know feeds me adequately while allowing my body to naturally dip into its reserves when necessary is the best antidote. Even after a 45-lb. loss, I have reserves! I will not fear head hunger, which I just call desire. It is harmless and really no more than unpleasant.

I'd even like to get to the point at which I welcome it... emoticon

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Gill.. Snickers bars.. Yep I can't have them around right now. I hadn't thought of that one till I saw your post. Since it is so hot here we do not keep a lot of chocolate around as is melts too easily.

OK on to my entry:

Day 56: Head hunger

Yep. There are days when my head is in the game… where I only desire healthy food choices. Then there are those days where I want chocolate, pie and ice cream, maybe cheesecake too! I rarely desire salty snacks. On those days the hamburger in the Burger King commercial looks yummy!

If I give in it is usually a piece of Dove dark chocolate or Ghirardelli 70% dark chocolate. I do not keep pie and cheesecake in the house. I am able to mentally avoid eating the ice cream because I rarely get my favorite flavors. Makes it less tempting. Ice cream is for the girls, not me.
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emoticon I know at times I am full of anxiety, anger, or resentment so what I mentioned above makes sense. I am easily stressed about deadlines and by other people so again, my food desires make sense (based on the chapter). I have gotten better at controlling these emotions so maybe that is part of the reason why I do not have “head hunger” as often. When I thought about going to the doctor yesterday I was thinking about the ice cream, or having a piece of chocolate. I chose water instead.

I had read part of Linda’s emotional eating book, “Life is Hard, Food is Easy” so I was already familiar with “head hunger”. I have to get back to reading that book. This helped me a lot yesterday. I had asked myself “What do I really want to chew on?” Then I combined this question with No S and I had water. It was not lunch time yet.

I know that eating due to stress does not help me feel better. It makes me feel worse. It never changes the stress or alleviates the deadline pressure. It does not help balance the checkbook or help me listen to lab results.
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Day 56, 100 days Head Hunger?

I did get cravings for certain foods But sometimes just seeing it put it into craving it. like at the grocery store or gas station seeing the candy bars staring at you. Not sure if that is head hunger or the sight of it. sometimes I would crave foods in the fridge. I would talk myself into that it will spoil. I don't want to have to throw it away.

Most of cravings for certain foods like chips, cereal, home made foods were when they were in home. sometimes I crave a pop (diet) but I don't keep that in the house. If I want it I have to go out and get it.

But yes I have been stressed. but haven't had any cravings lately. If not on plan then I dont need it .

Or give ten minutes or take water if still want then eat portion size.

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house needs attention and repairs
money not enough of
around potlucks not knowing what everyone is bringing

favorite foods
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pizza
candy
home made whether it be desserts, or dinners

not sure what really bothering me but haven't had any head hunger since starting the book. I been on plan. except when out to eat and at potlucks where it is hard sometimes to count the foods it more guesswork at that point.

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Day # 56 Head Hunger
I remember the first time I read this lesson and realized that my procrastination is a prime example of head hunger.
"Eating simply postpones what you really need to do in order to cope with life issues." Linda Spangle
Current situations that make me want to crunch:
Needing to make a phone call I am dreading
Needing to finish the pile of mending I have taken on
My crunchy wants are nuts and popcorn. I just don't buy the chips, pretzels, chocolate bars etc. that I used to crave.


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Every time I read this book, I get more from it. This one seemed SO profoundly right today.
Today, I can tell I have some stress, some avoidance, some deadlines, some people that irritate me - all 'head hunger' triggers, potentially.

However, I have my menu plan - and I'm sticking to it. The planning is the most powerful tool I've adopted to keep myself on track.

My chewy, crunchy foods are much the same as other people's: potato chips, tacos, any kind of bread-with-fat, or some kind of chocolate bar with a lot of chewy resistance - like a Snickers bar. In the past, I've also gone for crunchy cookies.

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Day 56 - Head Hunger?

Chips are a downfall for me .. I do not buy them for my house. Popcorn can be a safer option, and we do have that in our house, but I make sure I take a bowl, not the whole bag. I know that I have some emotional issues to work thru .. identifying them is the 1st step.

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I spend very little time these days trying to figure out the why of food urges. I did it for years and it didn't change anything. In fact, it often felt like it gave me an excuse to eat. I quit eating snacks most days, and it became a moot problem. It doesn't matter why I want to eat. Except for designated days, if it's not meal time, it's not a good enough reason. Saves me a lot of what verges on obsession with me. It's possible I'm not meeting my needs very well, but that could happen even with the eating- and usually did.

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Head hunger doesn't hit as often as it use to. I eat lots and lots of veggies which really helps fill me up physically. I no longer can chew gum ... cause of my teeth.

Popcorn is my go to when I just can't turn off my head. This is after going through my 100 things to do INSTEAD of eating.

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MIA wasn't feeling 100% but getting back on track. I used to have a lot of head hunger. Now not so often. When it does happen, I usually end up making popcorn and chew the heck out of it. I do feel somewhat calmer but it never really removes the stress. I now try to be aware of what is going on and to distract myself with other activities.

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Day 56.... Head Hunger?

Yes, I have lots of head hunger! I had it last night and HAD to have some salty/crunchy popcorn.

Chips and cookies are my favorite crunchy foods. I don't really like too many chewy foods, but if there's a Starburst candy around I will eat it! I buy these items "for the grandkids" and end eating most of them myself. I simply need to stop bringing them into my house. No one needs them. Time to go home and clean out the cupboards.... again!

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Head hunger

crunchy foods: pretzels, carrots, celery, apples, popcorn

I am not big on chips, thank goodness

I went back and read my original post from first time through the 100 Days, and realized none of the reasons still apply.

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I thought yelling at your steering wheel was a good one - I can use it when I want to turn it to a fast food line. Yell "Don't your dare do it."

I have been crocheting lately in the evening to keep my hands busy and keep me from snacking.

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I usually put my thoughts down before reading others and did not list my go to foods which are many. Like other people I just don't buy some of them now.

Day # 56 Head Hunger?
That's it! I do notice that I want crunchy foods at certain times.
My constant procrastination is a prime example of head hunger.
My hyper emotions when people are coming for the weekend.
I have known for weeks that they are coming and I still need to make up the beds and dust the rooms (but I still have one more day)! I really do bring this upon myself.

Now to go about changing from "I used to procrastinate" to "now I get things done in a timely fashion". Seems like it would be a much more peaceful life.

"Eating simply postpones what you really need to do in order to cope with life issues." Linda Spangle
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I guess cashews and peanuts would fall into that category. I don't usually buy chips because i have no self control with them so I guess that would also be in the same category. I think my bigger weaknesses are what she will address later, so I will leave it at that.

As an update, Last week she challenged us to do at least 10 minutes of something to get moving in the right direction. For me, it was exercise. I've been faithfully putting in my 10 minutes, then because I feel good, I put in another 10-15. Baby steps.

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You have listed some of my favorites too, GREBJACK! I love warm cookies so much that I have nearly given up baking. My husband will eat store-bought cookies and they don't even tempt me so he gets those nasty things much more frequently than fresh baked cookies. Every once in awhile I do bake a batch for him, have just one, and then put the rest in a box in his snack drawer. For me, that works....out of sight, out of mind.

I love cashews too and 100 Days has helped me to learn to eat just a few instead of an entire can of them.

Warm bread, YUM!

I'm glad you have found the postponement lessons helpful. They helped me too. I have learned never to say, "I can't have that". Now I say, "I can't have that today". Sometimes I even pick a day and plan a treat; usually I forget or decide that there is something else that would satisfy.

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Favorite chewy foods:
fresh hot cookies
cashews
can't think of anything else chewy I really crave

Favorite crunchy foods:
kale chips
celery (with peanut butter)
pretzels

My cravings are more often for salt or for starch or for "green".

The line about wanting to chew on something when I'm angry and really want to mangle something with my teeth reminded me that sometimes when I'm mad I like to knead bread. And it's always the case that when the loaves come out of the oven, I eat much of the first loaf while it's still hot. That whole ritual really soothes me, although mostly when I think about managing my eating to make sure I'm doing it in response to hunger, postponement is my saving grace, and it's about four hours from proofing the yeast to buttering the fresh bread.

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Ahhh....head hunger is what makes me want to eat when I am not hungry and not needing nutrition! It is true! Sometimes I just want to chew, or just want to taste, or just want to be doing something other than what I should do. Given my druthers, my food of choice would be candy or something baked, homemade bread comes to mind.......now I usually turn to fruit, maybe a small piece of cheese. Boring though!

I know I should analyze WHY the head hunger occurs but I don't; I guess I just accept that it happens and try to deal with it in a healthy way by distracting myself.



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There seems to be a common thread here! We've ALL reached a stage where we already KNOW what foods we find irresistible - and the way we control it is NOT TO HAVE IT IN THE HOUSE!
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So - my favourite chewy or crunchy foods would be:
- crisps (potato chips) - especially the thick-cut ones
- Doritos - especially the spicy ones
- a crusty baguette filled with cheese, salad, mayo
- Bombay Mix - a spicy, salty snack Indian style munchie
- oh, and cookies if they happen to be within reach!

and I can definitely eat these when I'm not physically hungry - if I have them in the house they are dangerous! I limit myself to only buying single-size portions.

I am most tempted to reach for these in places where I'm 'stuck' - a frustration at work, or in a meeting ....... so I have to bottle it up and am most likely to break out when I leave work, or come out of the meeting. One of my strongest triggers is the end of the work day.

Mostly I want to chew on my own angry words - where I'm really exasperated with other people but haven't been able to say what I really want to say - for the sake of harmony.

I am still, at my age!, practising being assertive! I have trained myself mostly to have sparkling water (it has to be purchased from a shop - there's something about the act of buying something that seems to be part of it), or chew gum (which I now keep in my bag).

While the annoying thing is happening I often doodle! If I'm at work, I will try to take a moment either just outside the door for a gulp of air, or in the bathroom to just take a few moment to calm down.

Last time I did this day, I think I decided to get an aromatherapy stress thing - and that did help (until the bottle broke) - I might do that again. I also carry Rescue Remedy - and I have Vervain to help me with being stressed and opinionated! So - I like the 'witchy' remedies!
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Day 56 – Head hunger

Milk chocolate with almonds. Oh boy. Would usually get cravings in afternoons and evenings. I haven't had that in a few months now though. As a replacement, I've tried to "re-train" my appetite by reaching for one handful of raisins and nuts, or a handful of plain bran cereal. It's really hard but I can't keep the chocolate in my house anymore.

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I will admit popcorn is my go to snack. For awhile pork rinds was my addiction and I had to stop buying them altogether because I could not stop at a reasonable serving size, so if I can not stop eating it, I have to stop buying it.

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Day 56 - Head Hunger

Favorite chewy or crunchy foods:
My first go-to food is and probably always will be...Chocolate w/almonds
Second: Nuts
Third: Chips (which I don’t keep in the house)

I usually go for these food when I’m stressed out, angry/upset or when too many demands are placed on my time or energy.
Most of the time my life isn’t too stressful, BUT lately with redoing the yard it has been almost non stop stress. Some days better than others. Yesterday not so good and as you already know I went for the chocolate. Much better choice than chewing on the paver stone. Today went splendidly ...the guy was right on time to clean out the septic tank, I met my friend for our once a month pizza lunch and hubby and I finished the walkway. And as for too many demands being placed on my time and energy I just simply refuse to do some things that people ask me to do anymore. I have learned to just say no, I don’t have the time or energy. Most are understanding of that, and if not, I don’t really care anymore.



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Hmm. Chewy or crunchy foods really aren't my favorites, but i definitely snack to put off emotions, etc.

Brownies are chewy though. I sure love brownies. And lately I like pork rinds, but I'm having trouble keeping to a reasonable serving size.

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I was thinking maybe head hunger was one issue that I DON'T have... Then I read about popcorn..Oh yeah, do I go for the popcorn almost daily to "chew on". I do feel calmer after eating it but as the author says it doesn't remove the stress or emotion it only postpones dealing with it. Awareness and baby steps keep me moving slowly forward.

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I love chewy candy like starbursts or fruit chews. I love green apple artificial flavor. And I find these items liberally sprinkled around the office, where I am tempted... by the copy machine, in the mail room. this is true head heart hunger, eating from emotions. I am using feeling a generalized anxiety about the amount of work I have to get done, and what time I have left to do it.

Last night I had an interesting revelation. I was feeling particularly itchy, anxious itchy with actual skin rashes. I sat and watched our TV just twitchy. I didn't want to eat, so I just twitched. Husband says take some benedryl...which made me feel stoned. SO I am itchy twitchy, stones and heading to bed.. by way of the kitchen. I don't remember all that I ate, but it was the first binge in a long time. I tried to analyze what I was feeling, when I woke in the morning. I was looking to food for comfort, for compassion. I had a slightly bad day at work, where I was faced with the nasty bureaucratic side to being a state worker, and I didn't eat very well during the day. I needed more from my husband than " take a chill pill." so... now I have figured out one trigger to binging- needing comfort and compassion, and again reinforced that mood altering medications lower my will.

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1 - Chocolate

2 - Chips and Dip

3 - Glazed Doughnuts

I love Chocolate, I love how it melts in my mouth and the sweetness it leaves behind, I am a Chocoholic, I pretty much love chocolate or anything covered in chocolate, well within reason, I am NOT eating bugs covered in chocolate, but I do love chocolate.

My second weakness is chips and dip, I love the salty crunch combined with the smoothness of the sour cream, don't know why but I do.

My last weakness is Glazed Doughnuts, I love the sweet outer crust combined with the soft but sweet dough/bread of the doughnut. If they are in the house I will keep eating the stupid things until they are gone. Well that was until I have to eat Gluten Free.

I no longer buy doughnuts, have candy or chips and dip in the house because if they are around I find them to hard to resist, I can resist them, but why put the very hard thing right there for me to say no to and why waste money on food I do not intend to eat.

Now at a party, I can have a few chips and dip and I am ok. Being diabetic, I really do have to say no to the chocolate. I do not like sugar free chocolate, it is not the same, it does not have the same melt in my mouth consistency and sweet after taste, actually has a horrible after taste.

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25th September 2015

Day 56 – Head hunger

Note: If you find your way to the beginning of this thread, which was started in 2011, you'll find inspiration from posts made about this activity. I have also posted a link to the blog on Linda's website, which has all the info from the book (and leads to other good reads if you're so inclined!)

Here are today's suggested activities:

1. Make a list of your favorite chewy or crunch foods, especially ones that you might reach for when you aren't physically hungry

2. Think of at least three places or situations where you're tempted to reach for head hunger snacks.

3. Ask yourself what you really want to “chew on” in those situations. Record your insights in your notebook

This is the link to Linda's 2014 blog for Day 56 on her website
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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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