The Difference Between Physical & Emotional Hunger || Part 2
Emotional hunger leads to unnecessary eating, which many of us are at fault for each and every day. Fortunately, we are going to point out what emotional hunger feels like, and if you read the post on physical hunger, you will really be able to identify the difference. Here we will discuss what some of the feelings are with emotional hunger, how you can prevent them, and how this knowledge will lead to a healthier you!
Emotional hunger can come in a variety of forms, including craving certain foods, sudden hunger, no satisfaction after full, and more. One of the first signs of emotional hunger is the thought of being hungry. To really know you are hungry is to listen to your stomach. Your stomach will tell you when you are hungry and when it needs nutrients. If your brain is telling you that you’re hungry, chances are you are emotionally hungry.
When you are craving certain foods (comfort foods), it is most likely emotional hunger, as your brain wants something in specific. An example of this would be something along the lines of wanting donuts, In N’ Out, or candy. Your stomach doesn’t want those, and many times will tell you after digesting them in the form of pain. Be sure to avoid eating these foods on a regular basis, and especially eating them whenever your brain tells you to. The best advice in this case is to just listen to your stomach and feed it what your current diet says to. If you don’t have a diet plan yet, keep reading below and you can join the (free) Kim Shapira Method.
About ½ – ¾ of the way through our meals, we usually get the full feeling, but ignore it for a few reasons. Most of the time, you love the taste of the food you are eating so want to continue eating it. This is one of the leading causes of overeating. We aren’t listening to our stomach and stopping when necessary. Another reason is because we don’t want the food to go to waste. Well, this can easily be overcome by getting a to-go box and saving it for later. Which will also save you money on each large meal as well. By stopping when you feel satisfied, you are telling emotional hunger to go away and saving yourself from added, redundant weight gain. One easy way to stop yourself from overeating is to eat slower. By letting your body digest the food a little bit as you are eating it will get you to the satisfied feeling faster, and allow you to think between each bite, ensuring that you stop whenever you feel satisfied.
The feeling of sudden hunger is another sign of emotional hunger. In fact, start thinking of it as another form of emotional hunger instead of just a sign. Your body doesn’t randomly want food, and want it now. It builds up to hunger and increases the hungrier you get. By it coming on suddenly, it is a sure sign that your brain is craving something specific and eating should be avoided at this time unless you are actually hungry.
You may be asking yourself, “Well, then how will I know if I am actually hungry?” The easiest way is to listen to your stomach. Is it growling? If so, you are probably due for a meal. If it’s not growling, try drinking a glass of water. After 15 minutes, you will probably forget that you were actually “hungry” in the first place. If not, then it may be time to eat. As I explained in the Physical Hunger post, 78% of the time that you think that you are hungry, you are actually just thirsty. Our brains have a weird way of telling us, because the sensor for hungry and thirsty is virtually the same. Once you actually feel thirsty though, you are already dehydrated. So, all those times that you have been thinking that you’re hungry, were actually signs that you are thirsty. Imagine how great your body is going to feel once you get into the habit of drinking water instead of eating every time you are “thirsty/fake hungry.”
Understanding and recognizing emotional hunger is the first step to a healthier you. Plus, if you’re looking to lose weight and start becoming healthier, all of this information is exactly what you need. Also, in 2018, we are starting a great, free way to get into shape. It is called the Kim Shapira Method. Join in and start the year right with a healthier you. It isn’t too late to start, and I will guide you throughout each stage. To find out more information on the Kim Shapira Method, click here #THEKIMSHAPIRAMETHOD.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post. Happy New Year!
Kim Shapira MS, RD