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Quote: Emotional and physical hunger is like junk food and a nutritious meal – one may taste better in the moment, but the other fuels your body for the future.
Ongoing research to better understand human’s relationship with food has identified a clear distinction between emotional and physical hunger as the driving forces behind how, when, and what we eat. Recognizing this difference is important, as it can lead to a healthier and more mindful approach to our eating habits. It’s pretty fascinating how our emotions, such as stress or worry, can sometimes cause us to identify an unhealthy food as “comfort” food and develop a craving for it when we feel some kind of way.
“Ugh, my boss called me at 3:00 pm on Friday afternoon to tell me she needs a report on her desk by 8:00 am Monday. Where are the chips and diet soda?”
Emotional hunger is about impulsive urges and satisfying them immediately, while physical hunger is a gradual process that responds to our body’s need for nourishment. By recognizing and understanding these two types of hunger, you can make healthier choices and have a better relationship with food.
With food, the right feelings can create the right outcomes. Here are six feelings that can contribute to a positive relationship with food:
By cultivating these feelings around food, you can create positive outcomes such as improved overall well-being, increased meal satisfaction, and a healthier relationship with eating.
Everyone’s relationship with food is unique, and it’s important to listen to your body’s cues and honor your needs. If you struggle with emotional eating or disordered eating patterns, consider seeking support from a healthcare professional, such as a culinary medicine specialist or registered dietitian who can provide personalized guidance.
The Food-as-Medicine philosophy is based on the belief that whole food is a traditional remedy with the therapeutic power to improve and maintain one’s health. The philosophy has been around for hundreds of years.Read More