The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.

~Abraham Lincoln

Are you hungry, really?

So frequently, we find ourselves reaching for food under the guise of hunger, yet the real hunger lies elsewhere.

Have you ever paused to ponder whether your urge to eat stems from frustration rather than genuine physical need? It’s a subtle yet profound question that prompts us to explore the intricacies of our relationship with food and emotions.

How do we unravel this tangled web and discern the true nature of our cravings?

Let’s conduct a personal inventory test:

  1. When did you last eat? This question helps gauge whether your hunger cues are genuinely signaling a need for nourishment or if you might eat out of habit rather than genuine hunger.
  2. What did you eat? Understanding your recent food choices provides insight into whether your hunger is triggered by specific foods, such as those high in sugar or processed ingredients, which can lead to cravings and overeating.
  3. Are you thirsty? Dehydration can sometimes masquerade as hunger, leading you to eat when what your body really needs is hydration. Checking your thirst level can help distinguish between the two signals.
  4. Are you stressed? Emotional eating is a common response to stress, where individuals turn to food for comfort or distraction. Recognizing stress as a potential trigger for eating can help address the underlying emotional needs.
  5. Are you bored? Boredom eating occurs when there’s a lack of stimulation or engagement, leading to mindless snacking or grazing. Identifying boredom as a potential factor can prompt you to seek alternative activities or outlets for boredom.
  6. Are you angry? Anger or frustration can sometimes manifest as a desire to eat, as individuals seek to soothe or suppress their emotions through food. Recognizing anger as a potential driver of eating habits can prompt healthier coping mechanisms for managing emotions.

Simple Questions Lead to Solutions

Asking these simple questions might reveal that you’re not hungry at all; instead, you might be missing the vital ingredients to quiet those hunger cues.

Frequently, our cravings aren’t driven by genuine hunger, especially if we’ve recently eaten a full meal. Yet, it’s crucial to scrutinize what we’ve consumed, as processed foods loaded with sugar, flour, and wheat can trigger overeating. This could show a food sensitivity or even addiction.

Consider whether you’re living with full passion and purpose. Are you aligned with your “why” in life? Perhaps what’s truly eating you isn’t the food, but rather a lack of direction or passion.

Is Age Standing in your Way?

And remember,  age is no barrier to living your best life.

Let’s debunk the myth that there’s an expiration date on living our best life. Just ask Loyola University’s Sister Jean Schmidt, who at 103 years old, continues to defy expectations and radiate vitality.

Her memoir, Waking Up with Purpose! What I’ve Learned in My First Hundred Years, serves as a testament to the enduring power of purpose and passion. It’s a reminder that regardless of age or circumstance, every moment presents an opportunity to embrace life fully and with purpose.

So, why do we eat? Are we genuinely hungry, or are we consuming out of fear or uncertainty? It’s okay not to have all the answers immediately.

Take a deep breath and reconnect with your playful side. What brings you joy? What makes your heart sing? Revisiting childhood passions can offer valuable insights into what truly feeds your soul.

Giggle Your Way to Purpose

Change your physiology by shifting to happier, more positive thoughts and engaging in movement. Watch as your mood lifts and laughter bubbles up effortlessly. This blog aims to awaken you without adding unnecessary stress about finding your bliss—it’s about embracing the journey, even if you’re uncertain of the destination.

I vividly recall a moment with Yvonne, my closest friend, as we lounged on the beach with the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean before us. There she sat, her hands outstretched toward the sea, emitting joyful sighs while Dr. Wayne Dyer’s voice emanated from the boombox we had brought along.

We lay on our sheet, entranced by the ebb and flow of the crashing waves. If only I knew the password to her infectious zest for life. She reveled in laughter and song, and savored every moment with unparalleled joy.

                 Self-Care Goes A Long Way!

Reflecting on that cherished memory, I see my younger self—awkward, overweight, and grappling with loneliness and uncertainty about the future.

At one point, I even entertained the idea of becoming an exterminator, a desperate bid for stability and direction amidst the unknown. Living in Florida there’s plenty of bugs. But it wasn’t my passion.

It’s a reminder that clarity doesn’t always come easily, and that’s perfectly alright.

Tragically, Yvonne passed away at 44, peacefully, in her sleep. Despite life’s difficulties, she seemed to exude a sense of contentment, embracing her authentic self and dancing to her own rhythm.

Her ability to find joy in simplicity and authenticity remains one of the most profound lessons she imparted to me.

So, where are you? Are you truly hungry, or is there something deeper at play? Wherever you stand, remember, the beauty lies in the journey, in the discovery of your authentic self.Take a moment to listen to your body and your heart—it might just reveal the answers you seek.

Please share your thoughts—you are in good company. Simply scroll to the comments box below. I’d love to hear from you, what you have to say is important.

Thank you for being a part of the reading blog forum and spending time with me and my thoughts throughout these pages. I hope my words lit your excitement to become your best self for you. I look forward to sharing my newest book with you on how to release your obsession with your Phone. God bless you… and your journey through this life and all that awaits beyond…

To learn more about recovery from food addiction, eating disorders, weight issues, dieting, aging,  money, and your phone, please check out my Release Your Obsession Series.

Stay tuned… you never know where my mind will wander…

Hugs to you, I care!
Dr. Lisa

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