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Physical vs. Emotional Hunger - To eat or not to eat: that is the question

Determining when to eat should be a simple decision but for many the question "to eat or not to eat?" is a stressful decision. What was once a simple question of responding to a biological cue of physical hunger has transformed into a misguided, mistrusted, and shameful decision, and more often than not we are choosing to eat for the wrong reasons. Before describing how to eat for the right reasons, it is important to note that it is okay to eat for reasons other than true physical hunger when it is done on occasion. Eating becomes problematic, when we routinely eat based on emotions, boredom, or habit. So how do we answer the question: to eat or not to eat? First, we must understand the difference between physical vs. emotional hunger.

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