How do you spot the signs of real hunger from giving in to habit, boredom or stress? Well I was doing some research into this after a friend of mine said to me: “You don’t have to be hungry to eat” when I refused some food. It made me think, “Gosh what a wrong attitude to have.” Yet I know lots of us are guilty of this from time to time. Just don’t let it happen all the time. That’s when you have problems. Well this is what I come up with from my research.
Next time you dream about that chocolate bar , try and identify what kind of hunger it is. For example is it:
This is when you have that intense craving or an empty feeling. Combat it: Actually ask yourself “Am I hungry, angry, lonely or tired?” If you’re not hungry think of other ways to resolve it. Go for a walk, talk to a friend, or rest. The craving will pass
You know the signals. You’re slumped in front of the box and get a sudden urge to eat to pass the time. Combat it: You’re brain needs stimulating not that chocolate bar! Distract yourself, have a cuppa, glass of water, or do some reading. I tell you you’ll learn a lot more from a book than some of the rubbish on tv nowadays! 🙂
You’ve been overdoing and working from dusk till dawn and the only way you know how to cope is to eat. Combat it: Exercise! Yes it might seem like the last thing you want to do believe you me 30 mins of exercise will be the best way you can de-stress.
Your tummy is rumbling and you’re feeling light headed. So yes go and eat. But go for a healthy snack like crudities and humus, handful of nuts, some fruit. This way you’ll prevent having another dip in your blood sugar levels. Remember regular meals and healthy snacks will help you avoid all the above hunger triggers!