2 MOST COMMON REASONS YOUR BRAIN TELLS YOU TO EAT BACON WHEN YOU’RE NOT PHYSICALLY HUNGRY


DOES YOUR BRAIN TELL YOU TO EAT BACON (OR ANYTHING ELSE) WHEN YOU’RE NOT ACTUALLY PHYSICALLY HUNGRY?

IF SO, HERE ARE TWO MOST COMMON REASONS: EMOTIONS & SPIKED INSULIN

This morning I’m headed to Dallas. 


My brain thinks I’m hungry. 

My brain is trying to tell me to eat something. 

I smell the bacon of the gentleman’s breakfast sandwich next to me & it my brain tells me that sounds like a great idea.

The thing though is, I’m not actually physically hungry. 

I’m feeling feelings that I’m wanting to avoid.

I’m feeling remorse and discouragement for not having completed some work before getting on this plane.

My primitive brain on the look-out for danger is telling me: “You should have known better & planned better so you wouldn’t have to do work on your trip.”

So, of course those thoughts cause a chemical vibration emotion that occurs to me as remorse & discouragement.

I actually feel those in my body as I’m typed the primitive brain sentence out.

Remorse & discouragement aren’t comfortable.

So my amazing primitive part of my brain wants to avoid feeling those feelings so it tells me: “Girl, you should eat some bacon. Bacon would make those feelings go away.”

It’s a lie though. I’m not physically hungry. And my body DOES NOT NEED BACON RIGHT NOW.

Bacon will NEVER MAKE ANY FEELINGS GO AWAY.

In fact, bacon or any other food that we want to instinctively put in our mouths as a reaction to an uncomfortable feeling will just give us a quick shot of dopamine which only numbs tiny bit to the feeling, temporarily.

It doesn’t allow us to actually observe the thoughts that are causing the feelings. Nor does it allow us to let the feeling process through.

It just numbs us for a few minutes and then we usually feel regret, remorse and often discouragement.


CAN YOU SEE THE CRAZY LOOP HERE?


We cause our own remorse, regret or discouragement. It’s not because of our to-do lists or our boss or our family members.

It’s because of our thoughts.

Our thoughts cause our feelings.

So, I’m writing this on a plane. The end. I’m not interested in the spiral of discouragement. And my highest self is not interested in eating bacon when I’m not physically hungry because it will be stored as fat when I eat when I’m not hungry.


When I wait to eat until I’m truly physically hungry & not emotionally hungry by letting myself process the emotions, (how do you process emotions you ask: write them down just like I’m doing now & observe them compassionately) I feel confidence & self-love.

I feel those things as I type that sentence. I’m starting to feel peace.

 It’s so amazing how it works. When we choose to look compassionately, and give ourselves the gift of writing it all down…it gives our brain the time to process the chemical vibration of the emotion & we connect to our pre-frontal cortex & can make choices from a space of caring for ourselves instead of fear or panic.


ONE OTHER THING TO UNDERSTAND WHEN YOUR BRAIN THINKS YOU’RE HUNGRY AND YOU’RE NOT: SPIKED UP INSULIN


I ate potatoes last night & didn’t have enough protein in my meal. That’s the other reason my body thinks it’s hungry. Potatoes make my body (you need to observe the data on your body) crave a little more the next day even though I’m not physically hungry.  


Potatoes spike my insulin & affect my hunger hormones that make my body think I’m hungry (it feels like a strange empty feeling) but my stomach is not growling, or rumbling or any where close).

If you find your brain is telling you to eat something and it’s off your plan or it’s more than you planned or it’s not the time you planned, then ask yourself what you are feeling & let yourself process it.

Then ask yourself what you ate the day before.

See if it was something starchy, full of flour or sugar & not enough protein or fat. 

Then you may have spiked your insulin, causing false hunger (not true grumble in the tummy hunger) which can put your hunger regulating hormones out of whack.

Understand & collect the data on your amazing body. Just look back & observe. 

Did you eat something with sugar and flour beforehand? If so, it is probably causing spiked insulin & false hunger. 
Then choose. Choose to take care of yourself. Choose to trust yourself to take care of yourself.

Options: Drink lots of water, do thought models on how you won’t die if you feel hungry (this can be powerful!) Drink tea w/ coconut oil or tea with heavy cream.

The waves of hunger will come & go. 
If you ate a few too many potatoes last night like I did, you’re not gonna die, even though your brain wants you to eat something off plan & not on schedule. 
Remember your commitment to love yourself & take care of yourself no matter what.


If you haven’t made that commitment to yourself yet, I invite you to commit to start learning to love yourself no matter what.


You’ll get truly physically hungry later. You’ll eat then. You’ll feel confident that you took care of you.

Have a wonderful weekend.

I love you all.

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I can tell you I AM going to have some bacon some time this weekend! 😉