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Are You Eating Something or is Something Eating You?

Posted by The Mint on April 12, 2013


April 12, 2013

Good Morning Mintdom!

As many of you know, I have been sick and have been away from Mintdom for a couple of weeks. I am feeling much better although a little stuck in my writing. I started two other topics this morning; however, this one phrase sticks in my mind:

Feelings are not fact – the fact is you have feelings.

Why is this important? Well… for an emotional eater, it is very important. Many of my feelings are not a fact in my life; however, I DO have them. Today, I am learning to distinguish between feeling real physical hunger and emotional hunger. Here is a little cheat sheet for distinguishing between emotional (feeling hunger) and actual physical hunger.

Emotional Hunger          

Strong urge often paired up with strong emotions
No physical signs
Is above the neck
A desire for a particular food – you have to have it!
Is urgent – have to have it now|
Paired with upsetting emotion
Involves automatic absent minded eating
You do not notice that you are full and keep eating
You feel guilty

Physical Hunger

Is gradual – your stomach growls
Is open to different foods
Is based in the stomach – growling, gnawing, rumbling sensations
Is patient
Occurs out of a physical need
Involves deliberate eating and an awareness of eating
Stops when full
Realizes that eating is necessary

As I write this (rather long post), I decided that I need to print this little cheat sheet out and keep it with me as a reminder to eat more out of physical hunger. Honestly, I think my stomach rarely growls. When was the last time that your stomach rumbled?

AffirMINTion: I will not eat to my feelings today. 

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

PS. I would like to wish a happy birthday to JP Blankenship who is an awesome young realtor on our team and who one of the nicest young men that I know. In fact, if you ask half the builders in Loudoun County, they will say the same. JP is smart, energetic, kind, and tenacious in addition to being a wonderful work mate and friend. Happy birthday, JP, I hope it is a GREAT one!

A Mini Minty MoMINT 

My mom says…. Happy birthday, JP… AND I LIKE IT! 

Life is Minty Fresh!
minty 2013 feb

xoxo

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3 Responses to “Are You Eating Something or is Something Eating You?”

  1. Robin said

    Okay, this I find hilarious because as I was reading your post this morning my stomach was growling like a mad dog! I was thinking about having 2 Ego waffles with the delicious Vermont Syrup that my cousin’s husband makes… Which is absolutely special and fabulous. So, I backed off to only one waffle and added some spinach to my morning menu! AND, I did not drink (much) maple syrup directly from the pitcher I use to heat it. LOL. So, no guilt, just yummy breakfast on a rainy Friday!
    Thanks, Deb!

  2. Patricia Brouse said

    Proud of you Deborah – hang it all out there!
    The picture of Minty is so much like Molly’s pictures that it rather breaks my heart!
    Love you both!

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