Hunger – Sensations Vs. Feelings
There is a big difference between feeling hungry and having a physical sensation of hunger in your body.
The first time I really got this was an ‘aha’ moment for me.
Here’s the deal:
‘Feeling’ hungry begins with a thought and creates a feeling. “I’m hungry”.
It begins in your brain and travels to your body.
‘Feeling’ hungry is an emotional experience.
Feeling hungry may look something like this:
- It’s time for lunch
- Oh- that looks so good
- I could go for that
- I’m in the mood for it
- I’ll just have a little
The sensation of hunger, on the other hand, is a physical experience.
Just like something that is hot or cold, the sensation begins in the body and travels to the brain.
The sensation of hunger may look something like this:
- Emptiness in belly
- Light headed
- Low energy
- Rumbling in belly
- Mouth gets wet
Can you see the difference?
The first one is your brain telling your body what it wants. The second is your body telling your brain.
If you ever find yourself wanting to eat when you do not have the physical sensation of hunger, then just know that feeling will never be satisfied with food because you can never get enough of what you don’t want.
Have you ever found yourself in this situation? Eating when you’re not hungry or not being ‘satisfied’ by your food? Have you ever stopped and asked yourself, “why do I want this” OR “what am I really hungry for”? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one!