Added: Erol Bridgeman - Date: 30.01.2022 03:21 - Views: 31859 - Clicks: 1037
Yup, me too. As someone who just finished their first year of college and is waiting for their summer job to begin, I am slowly working toward my PhD in snacking. Being cooped up at home with an immense amount of downtime means tending to the bottomless pit called my stomach. In between every Netflix episode I watch and social media newsfeed I mindlessly scroll through, I take to my kitchen, searching for a new snack to devour. While food is all that is good in this world, eating when not hungry is not truly fulfilling. Wondering why my apparent boredom le me to the great abyss that is my kitchen, I did what any inquisitive or bored?
I turned to the internet. It is important to note that eating is a learned behavior. People are conditioned to eat at certain moments in time. It has been found that specific foods contribute to an increase in dopamine levels. But, what do I know? Not judging or anything…. Certain foods are associated with feelings of enjoyment and celebration. In addition to being tied to emotions, like sadness and anger, emotional eating is correlated to boredomas well. This is because eating when bored serves as a coping mechanism.
Snacking breaks up the monotony of our boredom, raising our levels of dopamine. In other words, we will continuously snack because it makes us temporarily excited again and again. Unlike physical hunger that surfaces gradually and can be satisfied by just about anything edible, emotional hunger comes on suddenly and creates a craving for specific foods. Or that foodporn-esque slice of pizza that comes across your Twitter newsfeed? That, my friends, is emotional hunger. It is crucial to take note of the situations when you eat out of boredom.
Feeling ravenous during a four-hour Netflix binge late-afternoon?
Pause your TV show and go for a walk. Then, make it a habit to get exercise during this time of day more frequently to replace the time you would normally be snacking out of boredom. Feeling antsy to munch on something after dinner as you look through Instagram for the third time in 10 minutes? Set your phone aside and organize a room. Clean out a desk drawer. Color code your closet. Alphabetize your pantry items Never mind. Skipping meals causes you to feel overly hungry, resulting in overeating, or in this case, constant snacking.
By eating in regular intervals, you will promote a healthier eating cycle, minimizing additional snack consumption. By eating foods with healthy protein and fat, you will stay full longer and your attention will not be fixed on what your next snack will be. Countless people tend to confuse thirst for hunger.
Symptoms of dehydration resemble s of hunger, and the same part of the brain interprets both hunger and thirst als. Talk about getting mixed als, amirite? Shout out to the hypothalamus. Before you pick through your snack drawer, try drinking a glass of water and waiting 15 minutes. If not, you're probably hungry. Permission to snack: granted.
I feel less compelled to eat another snack if I have something to do that stops the continuation of my eating. Ever drink orange juice immediately after a teeth cleaning? Just no. For example, this article was written as a result of my boredom, and in attempt to prevent myself from eating my fifth snack in an hour.
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