The Hunger Game!
No, I am not talking about the books or movies where you fighting your opponents in a brutal battle to the death. I’m talking about the game you can play to determine if you are emotionally or physically hungry!
Now, why is this game so enjoyable and how in the world will it benefit you in your continued efforts to live a healthy life? This hunger game can actually prevent you from overeating, eating just for comfort and learn the signs that your body is giving you to share whether it is actually hungry for food or hungry for another source (movement, love, fun, rest..etc.)
Before I share with you how to play the game it’s important for you to know and understand the difference between physical and emotional hunger.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL HUNGER?
Emotional hunger means you turn to food either to avoid uncomfortable emotions or to heighten pleasurable ones. It means you eat based on how you feel instead of what your body needs.
Examples of emotional hunger (FEELINGS):
Eating for comfort or out of loneliness or sadness
Eating from boredom
Eating to try to soothe anxious or depressed feelings
Eating to fill an aching heart
Whereas physical hunger means you eat when your body signals to you that you are in fact, hungry. And it means that you stop eating when you are satisfied and before you are uncomfortably full.
Examples of physical hunger (SENSATIONS):
Stomach growls and gets that hollow hungry sensation
Body feels weak and energy goes down
Blood sugar gets low and you feel shaky
You feel lightheaded or faint
SO WHAT WILL LEARNING TO LISTEN TO MY BODY DO FOR ME?
It will free you from being a slave to food!
What that means for you is that you’ll feel more in control of your eating and less dependent on food to “help” your moods and emotions.
By listening to your physical hunger signals, you can determine how hungry or full you really are. With practice, you’ll be able to pinpoint where your body is at any given moment.
By doing so, you will train yourself to stop eating BEFORE you are too full and to not turn to food when you are not actually hungry but are in fact bored, upset, anxious or depressed.
Because everyone knows that’s a vicious cycle….so let me show you how to end that cycle and have some fun while doing it! Enter… the Hunger Game!
HOW DO I PLAY THE HUNGER GAME?
HERE’S HOW YOU PLAY THE HUNGER GAME:
See if you can be the slowest eater at the table — no one has to know you’re playing or that you’re trying to win the Hunger Game
Periodically check in with yourself throughout your meal and honor when you’re energized and satiated by completing the meal
Use an end-of-meal ritual, like putting your napkin over your plate or ordering hot tea and fresh fruit to symbolize completion of the meal
Put this game into practice today and see what a difference it can make for your health and well-being in the long run!
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