Are you hungry or are you bored?
In a world that seemingly revolves around eating it can be hard to sometimes distinguish if you are actually hungry or bored. We’re often told that in order to keep going or get our energy back up is by eating or snacking. This is not true. It’s a major myth that we need to eat to sustain our energy levels.
For most of us, we spend the majority of our time sitting. As such, our bodies do a good job of sustaining our blood sugar level throughout the day. So when you start to feel that hunger pain or your energy dip, grab some water, take a LivCana Energy+ and keep going until your next meal time!
The fact is, if you can resist that sensation of slight hunger — not ravenous hunger — you’ll learn the true signs of when you are actually hungry. Better yet, you’ll also know when you are full too. Which leads us to… Are you bored or are you hungry?
Are you bored or are you hungry?
If you struggle telling when you’re really hungry or if you’re bored, you’re not alone. It seems like it should be easy to tell when you’re hungry but it’s not. Often times, many things can trick you into thinking you’re hungry and before you even really process it, you’re snacking.
Remember when we said earlier our world seems to revolve around food? It’s because we often use food to entertain, distract, comfort, and even calm us. When we meet up with friends or family its often over a meal and a drink. For some, this has trained us to eat when we want to eat, not when we need to eat.
As a result when we do eat, instead of eating until we are full, we’ll just keep eating until the food is gone. As time goes by our cues are harder to read. Here are just a few of the things we do to determine if we’re actually hungry or just bored!
Identify your triggers
Think about times you’re inclined to eat even when you can honestly answer the “Am I hungry?” question with a solid “no.” It’s not about avoiding those situations altogether but acknowledging what’s likely to make you overeat and using a few tricks to reel yourself in.
For example, if you are meeting up with a friend over a meal and know you tend to overeat why not eat something healthy before going out to meet them and just order an appetizer instead!
Don’t mistake thirst for hunger
Before surrendering to your hunger pang or craving for something sweet, drink a glass of water or even sparkling water with a splash of juice. If you are feeling tired or hungry it could be because you are dehydrated! For most, after having a glass they don’t feel the need to snack or eat anymore!
Wait 30 minutes
You can save yourself a lot of accidental calories by just waiting 30 minutes. If you’re wanting a snack and you know you can’t really be hungry, wait 30 minutes. Do an activity and distract yourself. If after 40 minutes you still feel the need for a snack then go for it! Even just a 30-minute wait can show you don’t actually need to eat the snack.
Mindful eating is eating with intention and attention. Rather than eating distractedly, do so with the intention to fuel your body with care and with enough attention to recognize how foods affect your body. This helps you reconnect with those cues that your body gives you when you are in fact hungry.
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