Do You Eat Out of Boredom?

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How a 20 Minute Timer Can Save You Countless Calories

Do you eat out of boredom? Or dare I say….habit?

Do you ever find yourself saying “ yeah, I could eat,” but you know that you aren’t really hungry and you probably don’t need to be eating?

​The human body has a system of hormones that tell us when we’re hungry and another system that tells us when we’re full.

​The problem here is when we ignore these systems and eat anyways.

​We throw off the balance and we can become less sensitive to these hormones that tell us we are full.

It’s like walking in a room that has smelly shoes on the floor. In a clean house, the stank from the shoes is noticeable. You are sensitive to the smell.

In a house that already smells like sh*t, it is harder to notice the smell of the shoes. In this example, you are less sensitive to the smell.

​The idea is that we want to remain sensitive to the hormonal signals within our bodies!

Here are my tips:

​The skill you must develop is listening to, and honoring your natural hunger.

​Whenever you get the cue to eat when you aren’t hungry, or even when you get a little bit of hunger (but not for a full meal), set a timer for 20 minutes.

​​After the 20 mins are up – check in with your hunger again. 

​​It will either be less or more. 

​Cravings or hunger surges generally last about 20 minutes.

​You can do this back to back as many times as you need to feel the real hunger come on. Set a timer for 20 mins and then reset immediately again.

Here you are essentially replacing the habit (eating when not hungry) with something else (setting a timer and taking yourself elsewhere).

​This seems basic, and it fundamentally is, but in this world today we are surrounded by food and opportunities to eat ALL OF THE TIME!

​The key is to get back to the fundamentals of listening in and allowing natural cues to guide you.

​The best part is that by honoring your hunger you are recalibrating your sensitivity to the hormones.

​It just takes one time of doing this to get yourself on the right path.

​Remember what is at risk if you keep feeding yourself when you are not truly hungry…

  • Increased food cravings
  • Hunger after meals
  • Weight gain (or trouble losing)
  • Blood sugar irregularity
  • Poor energy levels
  • I’m not kidding

​If you have been ignoring your hunger (even a little bit) it’s okay.

​Nobody teaches us how to do this – but I will.

​For more tips on how to heal your relationship with food, read my post about emotional eating.

​How will you treat your body?

​Thanks for reading,

Krista ​

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