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Many of you tell me how you always feel hungry.
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's up?
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 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 some questions.
I'm a huge fan of questions. The right questions can change the way we see, think and react to things for the rest of our life.
So, let's get to the questions. Ask yourself:
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 identify what it is we really want.
How do you like them apples?
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