Monday, 15 July 2013

EMOTIONAL HUNGER

We don’t always eat to satisfy hunger alone; we also eat to comfort ourselves, for stress relief, or simply to reward ourselves. Emotional hunger is a strong emotional need caused by deprivation in childhood. People may eat for many reasons that have nothing to do with genuine physical hunger. Emotional hunger comes on suddenly; physical hunger occurs gradually. Emotional hunger helps soothe your feelings, help mask negative feelings boredom at least temporarily. But remember Emotional hunger can’t be filled with food though you may feel momentarily satiated.

Some signs of emotional eating are eating when not physically hungry, eating when bored, eating rapidly, eating more than required, crave particular food, eating during times of strong emotions, feel guilty after eating. You can recognize emotional hunger by looking out for these symptoms -emotional hunger is sudden in onset; you are not hungry one minute and the next minute you are starving, emotional hunger does not begin in the stomach, it begins in your mind and mouth, it will make you feel guilty, you normally experience emotional hunger after some negative or unpleasant emotion.

You may overcome emotional eating by learning to accept your feelings even the bad ones. Physical activity does wonders for your emotional well being, and it’s a powerful stress buster. Spend time with positive people which will help relieve  the negative effects of stress. Don’t swallow your emotions for the sake of sparing others from getting upset. If they’ve upset you, express it, don’t bottle it. Give the craving time to pass. Get support. Workout when you’re bored. Ask yourself these questions “What is eating me? What am I hungry for? How can I comfort myself without food?” and try using EFT to eliminate issues.

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