Why Do I Want to Eat When I’m Not Hungry?
Do you ever suddenly realize that you are eating and you weren’t even hungry! Are you aware of what triggers you to make a trip to the kitchen? I have been asking myself, “Why do I want to eat when I’m not hungry!”
What will the food fulfill?
Does it help to avoid a situation by numbing your mind?
Food can numb us like a drug.
It may feel like all of the sudden we snap out of our sugar trance, look in the mirror, and we are 20 pounds heavier.
I’m confident saying that food wasn’t created to curse our bodies. It was created to fuel, nourish and heal our bodies.
I have completely lost sight of that.
There are times where I eat as if I hadn’t eaten for weeks. Can you imagine how I feel after? Not only do I feel yucky, but I feel defeated, embarrassed, ashamed. Why? Because my heart knows that this isn’t how I am to fill myself.
God created raw, bright and beautiful food that is attractive to us. Many fruits are sweet and fulfilling.
Look at the donuts above. They too are bright and “beautiful”.
Is it a coincidence that candy and sweets are bright and cheery?
Here are a couple questions to ask yourself, digging deeper into what is behind the motivation to want to eat.
What we don’t realize is that this pattern of behavior offers only a temporary fix.
We keep doing it, gaining weight, beating ourselves up, instead of interrupting the behavior.
I am totally guilty of this! I know I have an addictive personality. Even endurance races and exercise filled a need until I got burned out. (At least with the exercise I was in good shape and felt good!)
Now it is food, and I have hit the wall, burned out on what the food has done . . . made me unhealthy!
Today is the day to interrupt the behavior!
We can use tapping, as simple way to understand why we want to eat even when we aren’t hungry.
Let’s give it a try, and see what we can learn about ourselves and why we want to eat when we aren’t hungry.
TAPPING FOR “WHY DO I WANT TO EAT WHEN I’M NOT HUNGRY”
EFT scripts can seem like a rant. We are talking our way through our issue or situation.
After one round, we change the script to become more positive in order to show our mind that there is hope and change is happening.
You don’t have to believe that things are changing in order for the tapping to be effective.
- Do you have your rating?
- Get that picture in your mind of you going to the kitchen to eat, through the drive-thru, or in your secret stash, when you are trying to comfort and emotions.
- Keep that picture in your mind as you begin, and notice as you go through the sequence where your mind takes you.
- The set-up statement only needs to be said at the beginning of sequence. It doesn’t need to be repeated before each round.
- You can change the wording to fit you better if you choose.
- Here is the link to help you with all the tapping points and the basics.
Karate Chop: (Set-up Statement)
- Even though I eat when I am not hungry, I still love and accept myself anyway.
- Even though I am using food for the wrong reasons, I accept who I am right now.
- Even though I don’t understand why I eat when I’m not hungry I accept myself anyway.
Why do I want to eat when I’m not hungry?
Side of Eye:
What triggers those thoughts?
I don’t understand why I feel I can’t control my thoughts and actions.
I feel digusted
I hate the way I feel
I feel weak when I can’t stop eating
Top of Head:
I want this pattern to stop
I know that other people have changed their eating habits
Side of Eye:
If other people can do it, I can too
I can find another way to work through my feelings and frustration
Imagine what I would feel like eating differently
I want to separate food from the feelings
This would help me to understand what I need emotionally
This would help me to enjoy food in a new way
Top of Head:
This would help me to begin to feel good again
A journal can come in handy to keep track of your thoughts, the progress you have made, and things you want to work on.
Here is a printable to help you record your thoughts and progress.
You can also use prayer while you use the tapping points.
We don’t need to be controlled by our emotions. Food doesn’t need to be connected to how we are feeling.
Once we can learn to understand our bodies, and how we react to situations that are emotional, we can make conscious choices about whether we should eat or not. The habit of eating when we aren’t hungry will then become a habit of the past.
Keep taking baby steps and before you know it, you will be running!