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10 Reasons You Eat When You're Not Actually Hungry

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  • Botedom esting still plagues me. I am learningbto get offnmy duff and do something when I am bored instead of mindless eating.
  • I truely feel that over my weight journey that I have experienced every one of those reasons to eat. I really needed to have as much health awareness then as I do now. Didnt know about SparkPeople.
  • It's never too late to make a healthy choice.
  • Nervous energy revs my grazing.
  • I like a glass of wine in the evening.
  • I snack too much when I am tired or bored.
  • In 63 years I have used all of these "reasons" to no avail. Now I eat to live, not live to eat.
  • RIVKAH12
    First week finished. I did very well with tracking and weigh in today, down 8 lbs. Thanks to these challenges and Spark.
  • Nibbles in between meals, especially in the afternoon are my downfall..
  • I know I was raised to eat everything on my plate - so now I just use a smaller plate and my parents and others aren't saying is that all your are having or you haven't eaten enough. My plate looks just as full as theirs do, but I am not over stuffed or eating just to clear my plate
  • I too am Diabetic LouLou, and have been directed to eat 3 balanced meals with snacks if needed. The disease is tough enough with its progressive symptoms.
  • As a diabetic, can I wait until I'm hungry? Please someone leave me a message on my Spark Page.
  • I eat for l9ts of reasons but another one to consider is I am programmed to think of food as a reward. When I was little, that'sounds what I was taught. I am working very hard to break that concept and replace it with non food rewards. Just a thought.
  • Reason #11: Nibbling while cooking. This is like you on autopilot. Dice meat, veggies, cheese - take a nibble. Adding seasoning? Take a taste. Adding more ingredients? Another taste. Those bites do add up and I don't think anyone wants to take the time to add them to our nutrition tracker.
    Guess it helps if we're just more aware.
  • I have what I think might not be a particularly unusual problem: I have no 'off' switch.

    I can withhold eating until I am hungry, but once I am hungry, I either get no "full" message from my body, or I override the message so completely that I just keep feeling ravenous.

    This is particularly a problem in the evening. I eat what appears to be fairly normal food choices and portions - compared to normal weight friends and family - but at dinner time, by the time I get off work, through traffic and errands, etc I am ravenous and it doesn't really stop until I go to bed.Or am utterly sick from how much food I've ingested.

    I don't wake up and eat at night. And this can happen during the day, but rarely does.

    I may try NOT eating after 5p.

    I've tried a lot of other tricks to no avail. And just for the record, I am a vegan. It isn't meat and cheese. Literally, if there is a salad, I could eat it all, look with lust in my heart at the salad on everyone else's plate, eat a sandwich, and make my way like a Hoover through anything else until I am sick and disgusted.

    I'm pretty sure it is an addiction pattern or a mental illness.

    I'm just tired of it. Tired of thinking about it.

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