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You may be surprised to know there are seven different types of hunger. Yep. Seven.
We know what you’re thinking, huh!?
So, what exactly do you think you’re hungry for?
What are you trying to achieve?
Is it distraction?
Trying to cope with a negative emotion and sticky feelings?
1. Eye hungerWhen food looks very appetising, but you may not necessarily be hungry.
2. Nose hungerA certain smell or aroma may stimulate your appetite.
3. Mouth hungerWe condition ourselves to often have something in our mouths as a way of distraction.
4. Stomach hungerYour stomach rumbles as a sign of physical or primal hunger.
5. Cellular hungerYour body requires essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and macronutrients (fat, protein and carbs) for optimal health. Cravings of certain foods may be a cue of specific nutrients your body needs.
6. Mindset hungerEating certain foods as per a specific ‘diet’ we may want to follow. This is the case when you override what your body needs with what you believe or want it to need
7. Heart hungerEmotional hunger falls here. This is often interpreted as trying to fill an emotional void or cope with an uncomfortable feeling
One of the ways you can identify the type of hunger you are experiencing is through mindful eating.
Mindful eating helps you become aware of the thoughts, feelings and physical sensations during the eating activity whilst give you an opportunity to reconnect with your own innate body wisdom.
It falls under the mindfulness umbrella which is the act of bringing full awareness to the present moment whilst adopting a non-judgemental attitude.
At the core of the human experience and what we strive for is satisfaction. We can learn a lot from Japanese wisdom which promotes pleasure as one of the main tenets of living a healthy and balanced life.
What we know is satisfaction drives our behaviour.
If we are not satisfied, we are not content, and we strive for more.
When it comes to eating, this can look a little something like wanting a chocolate chip cookie and having an apple instead.
Then a few minutes later still feeling hungry and having the chocolate chip cookie anyway.
In this case, the probability of having what you want in the first place is greater. Putting you at risk of overeating.
The goal is for you to enjoy eating rather than see it as punishment. There is no sense in eating a ‘healthy’ bland meal for the sake of being healthy and yet not enjoying it. Where is the fun in that?
By honouring your desires, you will be able to not only own your physical health but mental health too!
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