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10 Reasons You Eat When You're Not Actually Hungry

And What You Can Do About It!

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BLUEFAIRYTALE

9/2/2012 12:14:25 PM

I've dealt with just about all of the ones on the list. The one that really hit home was how some people, like relatives or friends see you are on a diet and want you to eat when you go out with them, and also special times like holidays/ or simply if food is just free or a good deal. This article reminded me that just by keeping these all in mind knowing I have the power to say no, and paying to my actual hunger level are all keys to staying on track.

SUNSHINE-GIRL

9/2/2012 8:46:22 AM

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In a restaurant when you pick the set menu, I used to feel i had to eat all the courses because 'they were paid for'. Now I only eat what i want to and leave the rest. The other night I ordered pudding and then took just one mouthful, that satisfied my need.

DANJODEA

9/2/2012 7:57:59 AM

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I am subject to three of these: clean plate syndrome, "because it's there," and boredom. The former two I can overcome (although it's hard). The third, however, is different: my boredom comes from a crappy job, not from being bored. Allow me to explain.

I have many things I enjoy doing, including not only the suggestions above but several other things, so I am never bored at home or on vacation. On the other hand, work is very tedious, there isn't enough of it, and the company I work for frowns on doing anything which isn't work-related. So my "boredom eating" doesn't happen at home, it happens at work, and I can't do a darned thing about it except not eat.

BEYOURBEST1

9/2/2012 7:21:28 AM

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Good article but two of the things that are mentioned don't work for me.
Imagining eating the treat makes my "food monster" wake up, unless it's a treat I dislike, then the "imagining" works. Also, when people are trying to push junk food on you, they really don't care if you are trying to lose weight. What works is to just say no, and to believe in what you say. If somehow you end up having a plate forced into your hands, remember the garbage can. It is always there for you, and it will be your best friend if you need to get rid of that junk food plate.

SADIQAH

9/2/2012 1:56:12 AM

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#11: Leftovers. I just recently discovered that open boxes and left-overs irritate me. So I eat them to clear them out. I try to break recipes down into individual serving sizes, but sometimes that's just not possible. Though tonight I fed 3 of my neighbors as well as myself. I still ate a little more than I should have, but only a little. Who knew a single fajita recipe would make so much?

THEBETH43

8/7/2012 7:09:21 AM

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This article hits home for me.

ALMONDFACE

6/2/2012 12:10:27 PM

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I hate it that I keep stuffing food into my mouth, I have been controlling my binge since I started spark people. Thanks you spark team for your great work in helping me.

3LITTLEPIGSRWE

5/15/2012 11:07:51 PM

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PATIENTSAM, I think you can hit the "save" button (it's on the left of the display), and that will store the article in your "Spark Favorites," which appear, I think, on the right side of the screen when you go to your "Spark Points" page.

PATIENTSAM

5/15/2012 10:18:37 PM

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This is so good to see. Is there a way to bookmark it so I can come back to this again?

DAWNDMOORE40

5/15/2012 9:50:59 PM

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I know I used to eat for emotional reasons, but then once I figured out what emotions were triggering the eating, I learned how to deal with the emotions rather then cover it up with food. I realized that when my husband would go to work at night, I would feel lonely and bored and I would eat! It is really mind over food, but I am not saying it is easy. It takes lots of support from your family and the friends I have here on Spark People! I love all of you! Also, my husband is very supportive. When he cooks which is often because he works nights and he wants to eat before he goes to work. He measures out my servings every time we eat! He is amazing! I am so thankful to God that I have a supportive husband when it comes to my health!

ESABIN8

5/15/2012 7:41:08 PM

its more like, food is too tasty!!!!!

MUSIKMOOVSME

5/15/2012 5:14:21 PM

I can see several of these points that I am GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY of!! I have printed this article & intend to share this with my TOPS group for next week's meeting. I know I will get a lot of smiles & nodding heads as I read these points!

SPETRY

5/15/2012 5:13:08 PM

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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. :(

MSOBX44

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.

ME_LISSA

5/15/2012 3:58:46 PM

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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.

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