We all know that angry moment when all you
want to do is stuff your face with that bucket of chocolate chip ice cream. Ice
cream ranks first on the comfort food list, chocolate and cookies come next for
women while pizzas and steaks are second for men. Nevertheless, we all agree
that food does more than just fill the stomach; it’s highly influenced by our
emotions and feelings.
Emotional hunger can feel identical to
physical hunger – unless, of course, you have learned to distinguisheach type’s characteristics.
hunger is triggered/ paired with an upsetting emotion – whether you picked a
fight with your partner or failed at school. Physical hunger on the other side
is triggered out of physical need.
hunger is sudden and urgent - one minute you’re not hungry and the next you
crave everything! You would want to eat right away to ease emotional pain with
hunger is all in your head and mouth – you crave the sweet taste of chocolate
in your mouth or how cheesy that pizza would be rather than just filling the
rumbling feeling you have when physically hungry.
hunger is selective – you crave specific foods, such as sweets, chocolate,
pasta or fast foods like pizzas, burgers or fries and you wouldn't feel satisfied
unless you consume that particular food. However, while your physical hunger is
affected by your preferences, it is actually highly flexible to alternative
options and ends when you feel full.
hunger is quick, absent-minded and automatic with you nibbling on a whole bag
of biscuits without even noticing or stopping when full! Whereas when you are
physically hungry, you would be aware of how you are eating, what you've eaten
and if you are still hungry.
not least, because emotional hunger involves bingeing on lots of empty calories,
unhealthy sugars, salts and fats, it usually ends with a huge sense of guilt
while if you are eating to fulfill hunger, you know it’s a necessity to provide
your body with the right amount of fuel it needs.
Therefore, next time you’re upset or angry
and you feel sudden hunger, stop for a split of a second and assess your hunger – Am
I PHYSICALLY hungry or am I just feeding my EMOTIONS?