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Hunger, Emotion, and Eyesight

Kim Shapira
February 27, 2023
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People only eat for 3 reasons. What are those 3 reasons and how do distractions jump into the reasoning? Remember Rule #3 is Eat Without Distraction.

Did you realize eating angry counts as a distraction? When we're angry, we aren't focusing on our food. We are focusing on our anger. This causes disruptions in our digestion.3 Reasons Why People Eat: 1. Food is in Front of Them: Whether there is a plate of veggies or a plate of crackers, when there is food in front of us, we are more likely to eat it. It's very easy to mindlessly snack. Chatting with a friend while reaching the hand into the bowl, back and forth. Mindless eating is still distracted eating. It also means we're not following

Rule #1 which is to Eat Only When You're Hungry!

2. Emotional Eating: When we're stressed, sad, or as mentioned above, angry, many people turn to eating. It's a source of comfort and fills that empty spot or nervousness in us. Although it may temporarily make us feel comforted, it's not actually solving the problem and often makes us feel worse. Following the method should help halt any emotional eating. But if you find yourself going back to that old comfort habit, try to go for a walk, ride a bike, knit, paint, or find another hobby to fill that spot when emotions creep in.  

3. Hunger: Bing bing bing!! Hunger! The ONLY reason we should be eating! We eat because we're hungry! Yes, we eat to nourish ourselves, but that should be happening when our body tells us we need to be nourished, aka, hunger! As we finish this week, try to focus on only eating when you're hungry. Make sure you're not distracted either!

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Kim Shapira

Kim Shapira

dietitian and nutrition therapist.

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