I ate way too many chocolate covered peanuts last night. I wasn’t physically hungry. I was in front of the TV and the peanuts were by my side. So I ate them. I know better. I wrote a book entitled, Press Pause Before You Eat– a book about mindless eating.
A starting point to break the habit of emotional or mindless eating is knowing the difference between physical hunger and emotional cravings. Do you know how to tell the difference?
Physical hunger Emotional Craving
Builds gradually Hits suddenly, “I just want something.”
Stomach rumbles and grumbles Anxious but no physical symptoms
Feel full and stop eating Eat when full
Any food will satisfy Want a specific food or type (salty, sweet)
Physically feel empty Mouth and mind are tasting the food
Eat and feel better Eat and feel guilty
Choose foods purposely Eat whatever is there
Once you know the difference, you must press pause and ask, “Do I really want this food or am I eating it because it is there?” The pause may be enough to stop mindless eating.
For more help with mindless eating tips, check out Dr. Linda Mintle’s book PRESS PAUSE BEFORE YOU EAT. Click on More Books by Dr. Linda Mintle on the right.