Impulse: Your lower brain tells you if you’re hungry, afraid, threatened, or aroused.
Emotion: Your limbic system tells you about your mood, positive or negative, and your emotional response in the present moment.
Choice: Your higher brain tells you that a decision must be made, leading to action.
The Mind-Body Connection: The Happiness
Our brain is structured to find happiness at every level. Happiness as the state of fulfillment, and everyone wants to be fulfilled. If you keep your eye on this, your most basic motivation, then the choices you make come down to a single question: “What am I hungry for?” Your true desire will lead you in the right direction. False desires lead in the wrong direction. You can take a simple test to prove this to yourself: The next time you go to the refrigerator for something to eat, stop for a second.
- You’re hungry and need to eat.
- You’re trying to fill a hole, and food has become the quickest way to do that.
If you have a hole (unhappiness or dissatisfaction) in your mind (may be deep seated in your subconscious mind), you will subconsciously or consciously look for happiness. And, guess what will you be looking for? It’s food definitely.
The most common triggers for overeating appear in the following checklists. Some are easier to overcome than others. Look at the lists and check the most common causes that make you eat even when you’re not hungry. Mark as many items as you feel apply to you.