Listen to Your Body

The Hunger Game:  Want to learn to play?!?!

I’m here to teach you how to tell the difference between emotional hunger and physical hunger by playing the “Hunger Game.”

But first, why am I talking about emotional hunger vs. physical hunger and what’s the difference?

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?

Let me first clarify that I’m not talking about undergoing top-secret weapons training to learn to “kill” off your colleagues or friends… I’m talking about a simple, helpful game that you can play all by yourself even in a busy restaurant!

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 satisfied by completing the meal
  • Use and end-of-meal ritual, like putting your napkin over your plate or ordering hot tea and fresh fruit to symbolize completion of the meal

What do I do now?

In my health coaching practice, I help my clients learn to tell the difference between emotional hunger and physical hunger.  Together, we come up with a plan to help you keep identifying the difference so you can lose weight naturally and double your energy.

If you think you may be engaging in emotional eating and you don’t know how to change it, then click here now to schedule a time to talk with me today!

To your health!

Carrie

That Sneaky Ingredient That Has Me Stuck

I went to bed last night not feeling the best and when I woke up this morning my throat was scratchy and I had a very heavy head.   And I knew exactly what it was and why I was in this boat.  It was the food choices I made this week that put me there.

See, I am on the outer edge of a major health journey in which I completely renewed my gut microbiome.  However, I am still on that edge.  I still have flare ups when I am not making the best choices for my body.  My symptoms include sinus irritations/infections, allergies, UTIs, and soooooo tired.  All these are brought on by one little ingredient – and one thing I’ve struggled to say no to this week.

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Yup.  Sugar.  That sweet, melt in your mouth, so delicious, and addictive sugar.

So why is sugar so addictive?  Well, when you eat sugar your pancreas secretes a hormone called insulin to bring your blood sugar back into balance.  And when it sees sugar in the blood – to your brain and body – this is an EMERGENCY!  So your body often secretes too much insulin and your body goes into a blood sugar crash.  Yikes!

Then, when you’re down there in that nasty crash what do you think your body craves?  You got it!  More sugar!  So you eat more sugar and you’ve gotten yourself on a blood sugar roller coaster.  And it’s very hard to get off that roller coaster once it gets started.

And there’s more to that story too.  Sometimes, there are things in our life that we are unsatisfied with.  Perhaps our career, our relationships, our finances, our workouts, our sex life, our family, where we, live, the weather….whatever.  Sometimes it’s so much easier to reach for sugar than deal with what’s really going on.  And I get that.

See, I was in a job for 17 years that slowly began to drain the life out of my soul.  And looking back I definitely had some increased sugar cravings during that time.

A craving may seem like a pain in the butt.  BUT, what if cravings were a messenger to help you step into the best version of who you are?!?! That would be pretty amazing!