Emotional eating to fill a void...
Thursday, March 06, 2014
I've gotten into a bad habit the past two weeks of snacking in the late evenings. I tell myself that my body needs some more food, when in fact I had my moment of clarity tonight -- I'm using food to fill a void, not because I'm actually hungry for food.
Just when I was about to go eat something extra tonight, I got a Facebook instant message from a friend I hadn't talked to in awhile. We spent over 1.5 hours catching up, and before I knew it my "hunger" had completely dissipated. That's when I realized I wasn't even hungry in the first place. The "hunger" was an impulse for emotional eating to fill a void.
I'll use this experience to remind myself to always spend at least 10 second to objectively apply a two-prong test for any hunger pangs. First prong: am I truly hungry for food or planning to eat to soothe boredom, emotional pain, etc.? Second prong: if I am truly hungry for food, on a scale of 1 to 10, how hungry am I? The lower the number, the less food I'll eat.
I'm a big believer in intuitive eating, so I hope this self-reflection will assist in my weight loss journey.