Do you usually eat because of real hunger or emotional hunger?

How often do you honestly eat because of true hunger? How often do you decide to feed yourself because your body, rather than your mind, asks you to? If you start paying attention to when you decide to eat, you will probably notice that usually you eat simply because it’s routine, other times for pleasure, or simply to distract yourself. Unfortunately food has become a way to avoid problems, to cover negative feelings, boredom and the perfect way to socialize.

What is real hunger? Real hunger is the natural call to eat that indicates that the organs of digestion are in a position to receive and digest food. It is a pleasant sensation, a tingling sensation in the back of the throat, that is usually accompanied by alertness and good humor, it increases in intensity even if it is ignored, and it is not guided by the desire for a specific food.

On the contrary, appetite or false hunger appears and disappears. It is usually accompanied by weakness, physical fatigue, headache, grumpiness and is guided by the desire for a specific food or product. We feel false hunger in the belly and it is usually accompanied by a rumbling and uncomfortable sensation. These sensations we feel are actually the body detoxing; finally we have given the digestive system a break and the body can start doing some healing work. Fake or emotional hunger is more a claim of the mind than of the body.

Since the body has not asked for it, this food cannot be assimilated correctly since the digestive system is not yet ready to digest. It will leave you dissatisfied because the body does not need it and that is why we continue to eat. This pattern of eating becomes a major problem.

Why is it difficult for us to control emotional hunger? Emotional eating has been an established pattern since childhood. A mother soothes her crying baby by breastfeeding. In childhood a lot of us learn to calm or avoid certain negative emotions (guilt, anxiety, fear, anger, sadness, etc.), or to seek stimuli to combat fatigue and boredom, turning to products such as cereals, sugar, chocolate, starches, etc. Also, it is common to reward children for “being good”  with sweets, chocolates, pastries, etc. These foods have ingredients that exert a “sedative”, “exciting”, “irritant” or “stimulating” effect on the nervous system, by directing the energy that we should be using to process emotions, towards the digestion and elimination of these toxic elements.

The earlier the use of a drug, the more difficult the addiction is to eradicate. The more accessible, popular, cheap, and socially accepted a drug is, the more difficult it is to overcome the addiction. That’s why eating disorders are the hardest addictive behaviors to overcome – but they’re also the hardest to detect.

By making changes and adopting a healthier diet, as the body cleanses, we will need to eat less and less. As we start awakening to our true and natural essence and start dealing with our emotions and giving ourselves the love we all need, food no longer needs to be what orders and guides our lives. You will no longer need food to feel good and you will take full responsibility for covering your needs and desires with your personal inner work. You will be able to start listening to your body, noticing when the body truly wants to eat, and what the body is needing at that moment. You will find freedom from emotional eating…

Namaste!