When you’ve had a rough day at work?
When traffic sucked and there were a million asshole drivers on the road?
When you didn’t get the promotion you deserved?
When your baby finally left home?
When the scale didn’t budge after 3 whole days of following your diet perfectly?
When nothing in your closet looked good on you today?
When you’re just bored and there’s nothing fun to do?
You get the drift.
If you’ve ever found yourself eating for reasons that don’t involve physical hunger, and you struggle with your weight, let’s chat.
THERE ARE 2 PRIMARY FORMS OF HUNGER: PHYSICAL HUNGER AND EMOTIONAL HUNGER.
Physical Hunger is a signal that starts in your belly, and travels to your brain to tell it to go get some fuel.
It’s a survival mechanism.
Emotional Hunger starts in your brain as a thought, it travels to your body as a vibration or feeling.
Out of habit you’ve learned to subdue or treat your feelings with food, so they get misinterpreted as hunger signals.
One way to quickly tell the difference between physical and emotional hunger is to think about what you’re hungry for.
If anything will do, it’s physical hunger.
If you want something specific…potato chips, Ben and Jerry’s, that leftover slice of pizza in the fridge, it’s emotional hunger.
Subduing an emotion with food or drink is something called buffering.
You’re not wanting to feel the feeling (angry, sad, disappointed, embarrassed, bored, etc.) so you push it down with food or drink.
Sadly, the relief you feel is fleeting, and soon it’s back, along with regret, remorse, and shame.
HERE’S A LITTLE SECRET; A FEELING CAN’T HURT YOU.
If you stop resisting your feelings and are willing to feel a feeling all the way through, it’ll generally pass in less than 2 minutes.
Then you can ask yourself what you really want.
Often the answer is comfort, love, entertainment, or confidence.
There are lots on non-caloric ways to fill those needs, you just need to be willing to figure out what you really need or want.
Getting back to your ideal weight, or improving your health does not have to involve tons of willpower and the ability to resist “dangerous” foods.
Often the secret to your success can be as simple as learning to feel your feelings.
If you’d like to chat about this, I’ve still got some openings in November. 30 minutes, no-obligations, just solid goodness to help you along.
Click the big Yes Please and get taken straight to my calendar, pick a time that works for you.
The holidays are fast approaching, and what better way to head into all of the festivities than having a solid foundation and a cool head on your shoulders?