We eat for many reasons other than hunger. We eat when we’re stressed, bored, depressed, angry, or tired. We eat for comfort. We eat while doing other activities, on the go, or just because food is there. We eat in response to different triggers at different times.
Can you identify your triggers? Doing so can help you manage your weight. You will also feel more in touch with your body.
Keep a journal of not only what you eat, but when, where and what else you’re doing while you’re eating. Jot down how you feel at the time. Rate your level of hunger on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 1 being “starving” and 10 being “stuffed”). Review the journal - you’ll start to see patterns that you may want to change.
Bringing the subconscious to a conscious level is the first step in becoming more mindful of your eating. Ask yourself “how do I feel?” and “what is it I really need?” For example, if you’re tired, you may need a nap rather than food.
Tune into feelings and hunger and make a conscious decision to eat or not to eat in response to emotional issues. Contact a qualified professional if you need additional help.
Developing this connection will take determination, patience and commitment but will be well worth it!