Emotional Hunger vs Stomach Hunger
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Since beginning SparkPeople, I have noticed a difference between emotional hunger and stomach hunger. Emotional hunger to me, is just eating and eating, not paying attention to cues, until I get that overstuffed over full feeling. It is totally an awful feeling, but also a very comforting feeling. I am not sure what the overfull feeling means for me--safety, security maybe?
I do know since starting sparkpeople I have only had that feeling once! I have really begun to learn to stop at my planned meal point, then waiting to see what happens in my tummy. I have been surprised daily that I am not hungry after eating to my caloric limit.
But...now I am noticing the emotional hunger a little bit more. I have not acted on it so far, but this emotional hunger needs to be explored so I can overcome it. I feel this is one of the imperative things for me to overcome in my weight loss journey.
Emotional hunger leaves me feeling not quite full...not quite satisfied. But when I think, about it, I am not actually hungry...not stomach hungry. Hungry for what?? This is the question I need to answer.