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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.


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.


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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    I can relate to stress eating when I come home from work. Thanks for posting!
    1881 days ago
    Interesting insights. Thanks for posting.
    1883 days ago
    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???
    1883 days ago
    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.
    1883 days ago
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