Unfortunately, eating just when we are hungry is a rare instance nowadays. Not only are we bombarded with fast food joints, the ability to order food online, new restaurants popping up daily, and nonstop food and beverage advertising campaigns, but we are also constantly trying to manage our emotional and physical hunger in response to these food triggers.
It can be easy to eat for practically every other reason other than hunger, but falling into these eating habits can be detrimental to your health. Some nutrition experts are now saying that knowing why we are eating, is just as important as what we are eating. In fact, in order to better recognize these eating habits, experts have categorized the different types of eating. If any of the eaters below remind you of yourself, hopefully you can use this information to help reign in your unhealthy eating habits and get back on track.
The Emotional Eater
People who eat emotionally use food as a means of comfort, celebration and as just plain something to do. Usually these people are using food as a way to fulfill themselves emotionally, whether it’s under positive or negative circumstances. They justify binging if they have had a bad day, or if they are celebrating an accomplishment. Overcoming this habit is best done by being aware of when you are doing it and setting boundaries for yourself. If you find you binge most after dinner, set an indisputable rule that you do not eat after your last meal.
The Habitual Eater
These people like to eat the same things, at the same time, day after day. It doesn’t matter if they are hungry or not, they are going to eat at their scheduled times regardless. This can lead to over-eating, or eating things that are convenient, not healthy, to maintain their eat schedule. If you crave routine, pack your own meals and make sure to have healthy snacks on hand to avoid eating fast food.
The Pleasure Eater
For these types of eaters, food is about pleasure seeking, not about nourishment. The problem is that overindulging begins to happen more often than not, especially since self-control can be hard to exhibit when food becomes a source of pleasure. In order to prevent over-eating, let yourself eat the treats you crave, but be mindful of portion control. Also, eat slowly, allowing yourself to really experience the food. You will enjoy your meals more thoroughly, as well as get fuller on less food.
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