We all have busy lives and stress can easily boil over if we aren’t on to it and for some instead of dealing with our emotions we turn to food to provide the comfort that we need.
As humans, eating is linked to so many emotions. Many people turn to food as a way to cope with emotions when they don’t know how to express them.
ARE YOU AN EMOTIONAL EATER?
+ Do you eat when you are feeling stressed?
+ Do you eat when you’re not hungry or when you’re full?
+ Do you eat to feel better?
+ Do you feel powerless or out of control around food?
So what is the difference between real, physical hunger and emotional hunger?
- Emotional hunger comes on suddenly whereas physical hunger comes on gradually
- Emotional hunger craves specific comfort foods. When you are physically hungry you will be satisfied to eat generally anything. Emotional hunger is where you crave something in particular normally this would be junk food, high carbs or sugary snacks.
- Emotional hunger often will lead to mindless eating – you know the times when you just eat and then the packet is empty and it’s like well how did that happen.
- Emotional hunger often leads to regret or guilt.
Mindful Eating is a practice that develops your awareness of your eating habits.
Here is a couple of things that you can do to help you be more aware of your eating habits and let you be in control.
- Look over your shopping list and consider the health value of every item you have listed
- Be hungry but not ravenous at each meal. If you skip meals by the time you do eat you may be so eager to eat that your first priority is to get as much food as you can down your mouth instead of enjoying each bite.
- Portion control
- Think of all of your senses – consider the colour of the food, the texture, aroma, even the sounds of different foods as you prepare them.
- Take smaller bites and put down your utensils between each bite.
- Eat slowly!
- Consider writing down everything that you are eating.
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