The path to a conscious and balanced diet
The experience of hunger is a physiological sensation that we all experience regularly. However, it is important to distinguish between real hunger, which stems from the body’s biological needs, and emotional hunger, which stems from psychological and emotional responses. Understanding this difference is critical to fostering a healthy relationship with food and promoting overall wellness.
Real hunger, also known as physical hunger, is the body’s natural response to the need for nutrients and energy to function properly. It arises gradually and is characterized by physical symptoms, such as an empty stomach, a feeling of weakness, and a lack of concentration. It is a signal from the body that indicates the need to eat and maintain an adequate nutritional balance. Satisfying real hunger involves selecting nutritious foods and consuming enough to meet individual energy needs.
On the other hand, emotional hunger relates to emotions and feelings rather than physiological need. It is a response to situations of stress, boredom, sadness or any other intense emotion. People experiencing emotional hunger look to food for emotional comfort or relief, often turning to high-fat, high-sugar processed foods, compulsive snacking or eating, and subsequent guilt. Unlike real hunger, however, emotional hunger is not satisfied by food intake, as the underlying problem is not a lack of nutrients, but the need to cope and manage emotions in a healthy way.
A crucial differentiation for health and well-being
Recognizing the difference between real hunger and emotional hunger is essential to making conscious decisions and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Real hunger-based eating involves paying attention to your body’s signals and providing the necessary nutrients to maintain physical well-being. This means choosing nutritious foods, enjoying balanced meals, and respecting satiety cues.
On the other hand, when it comes to emotional hunger, it’s important to learn how to develop emotional self-regulation skills. Identifying, understanding and releasing the underlying emotions that trigger emotional hunger is a crucial first step in the treatment that I carry out in my office through subconscious access techniques such as kinesiology, tapping and NLP, among others.
As a health professional, allow me to help you distinguish between the two types of hunger and accompany you to develop effective and healthy coping skills, fostering an environment of support, understanding and relief so that you feel comfortable in your treatment and we achieve your emotional well-being, healing your relationship with food
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