As an alternative health therapist, one of the biggest reasons I have found that people reach for food, is they are actually thirsty, not hungry. A lot of people confuse the cues for dehydration as hunger. I have learned, and taught others as well, to listen to their body. When you feel hungry, drink a glass of water first. Let it settle for 10-15 minutes. If after that you are still hungry, then make something healthy to eat. Most times, we don't drink enough water through out the day and that glass of water when hungry is what your body is really craving. I'm surprised that this wasn't in the list of why people eat. :(
5/15/2012 4:00:15 PM
I agree TOTALLY with 3LITTLEPIGS. I seldom eat because I'm hungry or any of the other situations mentioned. These articles always give lists of reasons and solutions to deal with hunger. I just love food. I love grocery shopping because there are so many wonderful choices and possibilities. It challenges my cooking creativeness. I love cooking and making delicious, healthy food - not only for myself but I love cooking for everybody. Whenever there is a gathering of people with my family or friends, I'm the designated cook. I'm basically just obsessive regarding everything to do with food - including eating it.
I think this article should have listed allowing your blood sugar to drop by eating the wrong kind of carbs. That's the main reason I eat when I am not truly hungry, eating in attempt to stabilize my blood sugar.
Just reread the list, and recognized that I´m guilty of most all of the reasons (and I wonder why I don´t loose weight more quickly). Especially 1 when I see food, and 2 when I´m with others or food pushers. Thanks for reminding me.
I am always puzzled when I read articles like this one because the reason I think that I eat when not hungry never seems to be listed. I think I tend to eat when I'm not hungry, or I over-indulge, because I just plain like food and the creative process of preparing it--love the taste, the texture, the varieties, mostly the taste. It's an "I want it; I eat it" kind of thing. It doesn't seem to be boredom, or emotional eating--but because this is a reason that never seems to be listed as a real possibility, I often wonder whether I even know what emotional eating or eating out of boredom is and if maybe I'm just oblivious to it and that's the real reason I'm indulging. Anyone eat just because food is just plain tasty and, dare I say it, addicting?
By incorporating these ways of healthy living into my life I have lost 200 lbs and intend to keep it off using these guides about when to eat and why to eat. I have blogged about most of these reasons why we eat and how to over come it. Stay busy, have something to do when you are bored. Just because food is in front of us or on our plate doesn't mean we have to eat to the point of being stuffed. The choices of what to eat, when to eat, how we want to look, how we want to feel, it's all up to us. No one makes us eat. No one but us will stop us from over eating either. It's in your mind. You have to make the choices. It's not easy, but it's so worth it. Tisha
Truth! I'm mainly an emotional eater. Mainly out of boredom. I enjoy watching movies and catching up my favorite TV shows on weekend afternoons with a bowl of popcorn and a coke zero. It gets worse when those "go-to" items aren't available I eat watch with a sandwich, ice cream or cookies and milk.
I know #1 (to cope) very well and sometimes #2 (boredom). #2 I have learned how to deal wt. by reading a good book, calling a friend, play wii, chewing gum, going for a walk, etc.
I still struggle wt. #1. I tend to eat my feelings, instead of expressing them. one method i use is try to Avoid the person or situation that upsets me. which most of the time doesn't work because the offender is oblivious so they will continue their behavior.
If I tell them their feelings might be hurt, or things will be akward between us ,or they wont speak to me again-which might not be that bad after all, lol.
5/15/2012 10:22:09 AM
This article hit a lot of my old habits that weren't good. The thing is, if I do eat because it's there, now its fruit or veggie snacks! Thanks for the great read and understanding.
The first one really causes me trouble. I am often under a lot of pressure and emotional stress, and eating is like a comforting angel to me. But I obviously turned to the angel for help too many times in life and have to find alternative comfort! Another big reason I eat when not actually hungry is when I see gorgeous pictures of food. Images are even more powerful to me than actual scents of food. Go figure. I avoid late night tv watching, web browsing, or magazine reading for that reason.
I work in a hotel serving the continental breakfast buffet. My biggest pet peeve is people who throw away large quantities of food, especially people who take a large variety of pre-packaged items and eat half of each one, like taking a yogurt, oatmeal, and a muffin, then eating half the yougurt and half the muffin.
I can understand the idea of not feeling obligated to clean your plate, but there ARE actually poor kids in our nation who grow up without enough food. I was one of them for about a year, and a lot of my disordered eating habits stem from that time. More importantly, resources, including food, are not infinite.
If you want to lose weight without waste, I suggest taking smaller portions of food. If you are still hungry after a little while, you can always get more. In the breakfast buffet example, take the oatmeal, then eat it, and then go back and get a muffin if you are still hungry.
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