The urge to eat has no physiological reason, unlike hunger. It is a purely psychological sensation for which it is important to find the trigger.
- Stress, anger, sadness… They will make you crave food, thinking that it will help you deal with that emotion.
- Listen to your body. Identify these emotions. Find an activity outside of eating that works for you and helps you deal with them.
- Smell (\“mmh, what’s cooking?\”), vision (oh, the food on that ad looks delicious)… Your senses can lead to impulsive cravings.
- In this setting, the urge to eat lasts about 15 minutes. Don’t rush, keep yourself busy so you don’t think about it.
Hours and habits
- Scheduled meals and snacks, hours and habits make us forget to listen to our bodies.
- Ask yourself the real question: \“Am I hungry? Am I thirsty?\” If the answer is no, then get busy, take your mind off the habit.
- Hunger and thirst can be confused.
- Drink a few sips and see if your craving is gone.
It’s best to manage your cravings for food with an alternative activity.