“I always feel hungry,” many of you tell me. In this post, we’ll address why you always feel hungry and what to do about it.
Let’s get to it…
First off, let’s ask ourselves this question while we’re thinking rationally: Is it possible to be hungry all the time?
Rationally, we know that it’s not possible to be hungry all the time. So what gives?
Well, most of the time it’s emotional hunger.
Real/physical hunger comes on gradually. Emotional hunger comes on suddenly. Real hunger can be satisfied with any food. Yes, that’s right – if an apple doesn’t satisfy our hunger – or if it doesn’t seem appealing, we’re not truly physically hungry.
Emotional hunger comes with a craving for a specific food. And, unfortunately, it’s usually not for apples. You know those times when you eat snack after snack and nothing seems to be hitting the spot? That’s because we’re not physically hungry. We’re emotionally hungry.
We’re hungry for something else…
When we get “hungry” it’s worth asking ourselves a few questions:
1. How long has it been since I’ve eaten?
2. What am I really hungry for?
3. Is anything bothering me?
4. If I had a magic ‘EASY’ button (remember those commercials?) to help me with what I’m dealing with right now what would I use it for?
Perhaps, what we’re really hungry for is affection, assistance, rest, excitement, peace of mind…
Is it possible to have the need met by someone? How about by yourself?
Here’s the challenge: Many times we feel like our needs can’t or won’t get met – so food becomes our escape.
When we’re “hungry” that is a need we feel like we can actually control.
Sometimes, it can be very helpful to explore what it feels like to have the need go unmet by simply writing about it. Many clients have reported that this eases the discomfort tremendously.
This is also how we can find out what we might really want for ourselves because typically we’d shovel food into our mouth so we don’t have to experience or face the feelings.
Because when we’re not suppressing feelings, they’ll come to the surface, and we’ll be able to see what it is we really want.
Food is only love when it is used to feed our true physical hunger and we actually enjoy and relish and savor the experience. Otherwise, we’re using food to cover up feelings.
Feelings that are preventing us from becoming the person we really want to be.
How do you like them apples?
P.S. Helping people overcome emotional, mindless, stress and habitual eating is what we do. Too many people go on what I call a ‘food diet’. The only thing they’re changing is the food they’re eating. If the only thing you’re changing is the food you’re eating, you’re not going to keep off the weight you lose.
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