Being mindful of when you are hungry is important rather than eating when you crave a certain food due to stress, exhaustion, anxiety, boredom, or depression. Hunger is individualized but there are some pitfalls to keep in mind.
- Create a food diary or use our app to keep track of when you eat and how much you eat
- Watching a commercial and then wanting that food in your cupboard or at the grocery store does not necessarily mean your hungry
- Keep track of your hunger cues
- Plan ahead with healthy snacks available before you sit down to watch tv
- Before you go to your refrigerator or cupboard, ask yourself if you are hungry
- Distract yourself by calling a friend or walking outside if you are craving unhealthy snacks or food
- Eat more slowly
TIP: True hunger cues are stomach growling, low energy, shakiness, headaches, and problems focusing on anything. If you do not have any of those symptoms, then you may be emotional eating.