Sometimes when something doesn’t go your way, you may try to make it better by scouring your kitchen for some comfort food. Before you go reaching for the snacks, take a moment to write down what it is in your life that you’re really hungry for.
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If you're actually feeling hungry there's nothing wrong with eating some tasty snacks, but many of us will eat when we're not hungry at all but because our emotions are getting the best of us. When you're in that mindset, you know you want something that will make you happy, but Suzanne Gelb, PhD at psychology blog Psych Central suggests you write out a list of whatever is you really want in life first:
Find your real hunger.If you're not physically hungry, but you're still feeling drawn to that leftover cheesecake on the top shelf of your fridge, it may mean that you're hungry for something else. You might be hungry for a hug, reassurance, or love. You might be hungry for a relationship, friendship, or praise. Make a list of what you're hungry for at this moment. Recognise that you're hungry for something that food can't give you.
Maybe the food in your fridge can give you some satisfaction in the moment, but you'll probably still want whatever is to fill your emotional void afterward. Sometimes all you need to do is recognise that you're eating just to eat. There's certainly nothing wrong with snacking, but if you have specific dietary goals, think about what you really want in your life before you undo all of your hard work.
5 Ways to Stop Yourself from Eating When You're Not Hungry [Psych Central]