Have you noticed how many things can be confused with physical hunger?
There are indeed many triggers for overeating:
- Physical, like thirst, fatigue or pain.
- Environmental, like sight or smell of the food, others eating or time of a day.
- Emotional or stress triggers, like anger, sadness, loneliness, frustration or boredom.
If there are so many things we can confuse with physical hunger how can we know that our bodies need fuel?
“ Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Viktor E. Frankl
Each time you eat because of triggers (stimulus) you react mindlessly. When we react, we re-act out the past over and over so of course we get the same results.
Mindfulness is simply awareness of the present moment. Mindfulness teaches us to pause between the trigger and response.
That pause allows us to notice what is going on in that moment. That awareness gives us the ability to respond in a way that meets our needs best. That is response-ability.
Learning to recognize your overeating triggers and respond in an effective manner is the key to thriving in this food abundant environment.
Next time you feel like eating stop and ask yourself a question “Am I hungry?” This deceptively simple question will help you to step out of mindless stress eating into mindful eating.
Now you are in charge how you choose to respond – with food or meeting your true needs in ways that address them more effectively than food.
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