FIRST QUESTION TO ASK YOURSELF
A BASIC INSTINCT
Why do we eat, really?
We eat (mostly) because we are hungry. Hunger is a basic survival instinct.
Just like when we are thirsty, sleepy or cold, our body responds. When we feel cold we reach for something to cover up; we don’t need to keep track of the temperature outside ourselves, because the body does that for us.
Same goes for hunger. We should let our body take care of it and eat when we are notified. I know ...easier said than done.
Big question. Do we really eat only when we are hungry?
Or maybe we just eat on the clock? How about for pleasure?
Many of us eat or don't eat out of stress - I am talking from experience always (my own, just to clarify).
REAL HUNGER vs. 'FAKE' HUNGER
Someone asked me "how can I distinguish between real and fake hunger"
There is a way to understand when you are eating to feed your body and when you are eating for other reasons. All you need to do, is pay attention to your own body and actions.
When you are physically hungry it starts with a small feeling of hunger which will slowly intensify. It gives you time to search for food, “hunt it”. You don’t need to keep track of the meal times, your body does it does it for you. It gives you a warning.
Emotional eating does not give you any warning. You suddenly crave to eat something. Maybe some left over birthday cake or a candy bar or just anything edible you can lay your eyes on. Sounds familiar? No warning with emotional eating.
You just suddenly munching on something and you don't even know how it got in your mouth in the first place. If you find yourself reaching for food too often or snacking for no reason, try to pay attention to what is happening in your life at that time. Is it a stressful period at work? Are you breaking up or going through an emotional roller-coaster? Are you about to take big decisions that will affect the rest of your life? Or maybe you are stuck where you don’t really want to be? This is mind hunger calling. But it is not calling for food or drinks. Is calling for action.
TO SUM IT UP
Our bodies have the best survival and navigation mechanisms on the planet. Listen to these.
Ignoring these basic signs and replacing them with what we think is good or right, may not be a wise idea in the long run. We need to pay attention to what our bodies are telling us.
Always trust all your natural instincts.