January 28

Are You Hungry, Part 2


Hey, welcome back to Shaun’s corner

I spoke last week about trying to figure out if you’re actually hungry. Did you give the 5-minute body scan a go? Did you have a look at the hunger game sheet?

If you didn’t, I’m mad with you.

Joking. I’m not. No judgement here 😉

I just want to tell you a story, if I may?

So there I was, standing in the kitchen, eating Nutella off a spoon.

Ever done that? Or something similar?

If you haven’t, you probably don’t need to read on.

If you have, don’t be hard on yourself.

You see, it’s easy to do and you’ll probably chastise yourself there and then.

What you might not realise is that this episode of mindless eating probably started yesterday. Or last week. Or even last month!

You might have been stressed yesterday and carried that feeling over and here you are.

You might have restricted food all day and now you’re super hungry.

Maybe you spoke to your mum on the phone and she asked you when you’re gonna propose to Mary for the hundredth time.

Also; you have to do several steps before overeating can occur.

For instance, you might have to decide to get the food. Then go get it. Then find a time to be alone. Then crack the Nutella open. Then begin. Then choose to reach for a second spoonful. And a third.

And so on.

The food didn’t magically appear in your mouth.

Whatever leads you to overeat, it’s not mysterious.

So what do you think it could be that leads you to eat mindlessly?

Why do you think you ate even though you’re not hungry?

A great exercise to try today is Noticing and Naming.

No judgment; just notice when you overeat and name it.

Gather as much information as possible. For example:

I was in the kitchen, having an argument on the phone. It was 9:45pm, and I was feeling stressed.

I’ve got a sheet for this exercise. Here it is! (Note: It says meal time on the left, but you can just write whenever you eat)

Try this out.

Will you let me know how it went?

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