Today I want to teach you how to tell the difference between emotional hunger and physical
hunger by playing the “Hunger Game.” But first, why am I talking about emotional hunger versus physical hunger and what’s the difference? Emotional hunger means you turn to food either to avoid uncomfortable emotions or to heighten pleasurable ones.
It means you eat based on how you feel instead of what your body needs.
Examples of emotional hunger: FEELINGS
- Eating for comfort or out of loneliness or sadness
- Eating out of boredom
- Eating to try and soothe anxious or depressed feelings
- Eating to fill your lonely heart
Physical hunger means you eat when your body signals you too. And it means that you stop eating when you are satisfied and before you are miserably full.
Examples of physical hunger: SENSATIONS
- Stomach growls and gets that hungry sensation
- Body feels weak and energy goes down
- Find it hard to sit still or concentrate
- Blood sugar gets low and you feel shaky
- You feel lightheaded or faint
- Become a raging you know what…
So, what will learning to listen to your body do for you? It will free you from being a slave to food! What that means for you is that you’ll feel more in control of your eating and less dependent on
food to “help” your moods and emotions. By listening to your physical hunger signals, you can determine how hungry or full you really are. With practice, you’ll be able to pinpoint where your body is at any given time.
By doing so, you will train yourself to stop eating BEFORE you are too full and to not turn to food when you are not actually hungry but are in fact bored, upset, anxious or depressed. Because everyone knows that’s a vicious cycle. Let me show you how to end that cycle and have some fun while doing it!