I pay attention to my body when I want to eat. If I am "mouth hungry" -- it's a craving. If I am stomach hungry -- I need to eat! Cravings are not felt in the stomach -- they are felt in your mouth. Sometimes I am able to say, "It's just a craving. I don't need to feed it!"
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I've been having this issue with eating too many Skinny Cow treats. So, every time I want to eat one, I ask myself, "Would I eat an omelet instead?" If I am willing to make an egg white omelet, I know I am actually hungry. If I just want the treat, I eat if I haven't eaten one yet--or I say no if I have.
Sugar cravings are often brought on by protein deficiency, so if an omelet sounds equally appealing--I know it's that--not emotional hunger.
Next time you crave something, stop and ask yourself: Is it real hunger or is it emotional hunger?? If you haven't eaten in 3 or 4 hours, it's probably hunger, but if you are stressed, upset, even happy about something--it's probably emotional hunger.
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