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Uncovering the Clues of Your Food Cravings

June 1, 20169 min
Are you eating because you're hungry? Or, are your cravings taking over your body?A study out of the University of California-Davis found that "eating "mindfully" and cultivating a heightened awareness to the body's signals when you crave certain foods decreases emotional eating. You can win your internal battle with emotional eating by paying attention to what you eat as you're eating, how it makes you feel, and realizing when you're eating to satisfy a hunger, a habit, or an unsatisfied emotion. Why does this matter? Anyone battling binge eating, sugar cravings, or other types of emotional eating can attest to the difficulty of breaking free from overeating patterns. We become side-tracked by day-to-day life in a non-stop world that makes us live in our heads and ignore our bodies. This means you miss vital clues to your well-being. You stifle many of your physical and emotional needs with your go-to quick fix: food. By objectively investigating your food cravings, looking for the underlying reasons of our "hunger," noticing how certain foods make you feel, and more, you can discover a new perspective and a way to break old eating habits.Lisa Lewtan, Founder of Healthy, Happy & Hip and author of Busy, Stressed, and Food Obsessed, joins host Lisa Davis to share how you can start to loosen the grip your cravings have on you.

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