If you seem to feel hunger, ALL THE TIME? You are not alone!
There are many reasons to feel hungry. Of course, the most obvious one is that you are actually physically hungry. It could be that your stomach is empty, your blood sugar has dropped, and your hunger hormones are having a party.
But other times, the hunger may not be physical hunger. It may be a craving or an emotional trigger. It could be brought on by a certain type of diet, stress, or other things going on in life. These are common reasons why some people eat too much. The moment the hunger sensation hits, they grab something to eat.
It’s easy to mistake “psychological” hunger for “physical” hunger.
I’m going to talk about the difference between both of these types of hunger, and give you some tips how to figure out which is which.
And, of course, I will give you a very filling recipe too!
Physical hunger vs. psychological hunger
Your “physical” hunger is regulated by the body through your hunger hormones. You don’t want to be completely drained of fuel and nutrients for a long time. So, you’re body is programmed to seek food when it physically needs it. Some of those physical needs are that your stomach is empty or your blood sugar has dropped.
“Psychological” or “emotional” hunger is eating to overcome boredom, sadness, stress, etc. It’s based on a thought or feeling. It’s what happens when you see a great food commercial or smell a bakery. It’s not from your empty stomach or low blood sugar. It’s coming from an emotional trigger.
So, here’s how to tell which is which.
Eight steps to figure out if you’re physically hungry or not
1 – The first thing you need to do is stop to evaluate. Scarfing down that protein bar at the first sign of hunger isn’t necessarily going to help you.
2 – Now that you’ve stopped. Pay attention to where this hunger is coming from. Can you actually feel or hear your stomach growling? Did you skip a meal, and haven’t eaten in hours? Or are you seeing and smelling something divinely delicious? Perhaps you’re bored, sad, or stressed? Take a peek into all these areas and really pay attention.
3 – Have a big glass of water. Now observe your hunger feeling for at least a minute. Really dig into the source of the feeling. It can be easy to jump to a conclusion, but that may or may not be the right one. So listen to your body and mind very deeply.
4 – If you do find that your feelings are the source, then face them. Acknowledge and observe them. If you are sad, acknowledge it. Stressed, admit it. You and your feelings may just need to be comforted and recognized, even if it does feel like they need food. Try deep breathing, having a stretch, or going for a quick walk to release some of these emotions; this also gives your mind a chance to focus on something other than the feeling of hunger.
5 – If you’re pretty sure that your body physically needs nutrition, just wait a few more minutes to make sure.
6 – Now you can be fairly sure whether your hunger was from emotions, boredom, thirst, or actual physical hunger.
7 – If it’s physical hunger, feel free to eat healthy and nutritious food. To fill you up the food you eat should be high in protein, fibre, and water. Eat slowly and mindfully. Chew well and savor every bite of it.
8 – Rinse and repeat at the next sign of hunger.
The feeling of hunger can manifest for many reasons. Of course, if you’re physically hungry and need the food and nutrients, then honor the feeling – this is what it’s for!
But often, there is an underlying psychological or emotional reason you might feel hungry. If that’s the case, honor the emotions or feelings rather than feeding them.
Now you know my eight steps to figure out if your physical body is hungry, or if you’re bored, sad, or stressed.
Use this process over and over again to feed your body what it actually physically needs, when it needs it.
Here’s a delicious, warm and comforting recipe for you: Slow-Cooker Roast Beef.
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Be healthy. Be happy.