Do you have a fear of hunger? In this podcast episode of The Eating Coach, we dive into a topic that I have not heard discussed often. I talk openly about my own anxiety around my appetite, and what happened when I actually decided to experience hunger intentionally. I was very surprised at what I discovered.
This is a follow on episode from Your Internal Hunger Games at:
Listen to the episode here:
Part One: Why You Might Have Anxiety In This Area
#1 Childhood experiences. For example, food scarcity or meals used to give adults power over you.
#2 Food as a way to numb yourself out
In both scenarios, hunger can act as a very persuasive PR tool being used by your child rebel or the part of you that feels it is essential to numb out
I managed overeating a long time ago, but lockdown created a very powerful PR for my compulsion because I was doing too much. I dissolved some key relationships in my life, which created lots of fear.
What Happened When I Allowed Myself To Experience Hunger
I realised that hunger is not a fire, it is a tide
I realised that hunger is plastic
I also discuss the role that ghrelin (the hunger hormone plays) here and the evolutionary reasoning behind the plastic nature of hunger.
Over To You
I finish with some pointers if you want to experiment with dismantling your fear around being hungry.
Find out about the No More Fear of Hunger programme here: https://www.theshiftinside.com/tide/