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Mindful Eating For Dummies by Laura Dawn

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Chapter 13

Feeding Your Emotional Hunger

In This Chapter

arrow Discovering why you eat when you’re not hungry

arrow Applying mindfulness to emotional eating

arrow Exploring what you’re really hungry for

If you’re like most people, you want to improve your relationship with food in one way or another, and this includes discovering a balance between eating when you’re hungry and avoiding eating when you’re not hungry – something that everyone does on occasions.

If you know that you repeatedly turn to food as your go-to crutch, this begs the more important question of why – why do you eat when you’re not hungry? Because many people are triggered to eat as a reaction to an emotional response, finding out how to deal with your emotions directly is of prime importance. In this chapter, I explore the whys of overeating, with a focus on emotional eating, as well as exploring ways to deal with emotions head on rather than swallowing them down with food.

After you come to realize how often you turn to food despite a lack of hunger, you can start to ask yourself the bigger underlying question to all this, which is: ‘What am I really hungry for?’

Are You Really Hungry?

Have you noticed that being overweight ...

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