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Day 56 Head Hunger

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Part of me is hesitant to post a second blog entry in one day, because I don't want the first one to be lost to any readers or commentors since I am rather excited about the Good News and Goals. But the following entry about "head hunger" and grinding feels important to me also.

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In the 100 Days of Weight Loss challenge on the Emotional Eaters team, I am simultaneously working "my" day's challenge (Day 22) and joining the rest of the group (Day 56). Often the later challenge seems out-of-sync to me.

Here is some background info on Day 56, much of it coming from the book by Linda Spangle:

The emotional eating type called "head hunger" usually starts with a specific food thought or craving, typically something chewy or crunchy, that has a "smash in your mouth" sensation. Head hunger tends to be connected to pressure-type emotions such as anger, frustration, resentment or when trying to avoid feelings, such a grief or other painful emotions.

When I want to chew or crunch, ask myself what do I really want to "chew" on? What is bothering me or stressing me out?

Then ask myself if eating will change that issue. ***"Eating simply postpones what I really need to do to cope with issues."***



This line really spoke to me: ***"Eating simply postpones what I really need to do to cope with issues."***

My favorite chewy or crunchy foods - popcorn (work only), gum, shredded wheat cereal

Three places or situations where I am tempted to reach for head hunger food - work, home esp. in evening

What do I really want to "chew" on? Home - overwhelmed with $ stress, messy house, noise, taking care of others... Work - competing demands, esp by managers, not getting to finish tasks, talk of getting credit apps. I just want to get stuff done without interruption, both at home and at work.

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In the group I posted the following that leaves me feeling I'm on the verge of something key for me:

I do think different days' challenges speak differently to each of us sometimes. These challenges are really out of sequence for me as I am really at Day 22. Often these later challenges don't speak to me - yet. But this one really does. I am clinically a 'grinder', have done major damage to my teeth from night-time and daytime grinding of my teeth. And I sometimes have awareness of the day grinding - and it always has to do with stress. At least in part, the eating of "smash in your mouth" foods really does satisfy me for a time. I've made some progress by substituting gum for food, but have a ways to go to lessen or head off the stress reaction that leads to the grinding.
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  • POSITIVE41
    I can relate to stress eating when I come home from work. Thanks for posting!
    1602 days ago
  • TAICHIDANCER
    Interesting insights. Thanks for posting.
    1603 days ago
  • IMLOCOLINDA
    emoticon Your reasons at work and at home really resonated with me and the teeth grinding as well! I really chomp on celery sticks instead of chewing out someone. I have recognized the emotion for years. I never scream and yell-just clench my teeth. Work was easier when I could smoke because I could just suck the feelings down...then had to switch to chomping on celery sticks. Wonder if I'll ever get to the point where I can just express those feelings of frustration and anxiety???
    1603 days ago
  • IFDEEVARUNS2
    I always referred to it as mouth hunger. Never thought of it in terms of what do I really want to gnaw on, so this gives me some useful insight.
    I couldn't agree more - each of these steps has to resonate differently for each person.
    1603 days ago
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