Which Bucket Are You Filling – The Emotional Hunger or the Physical Hunger One?

Throughout my own personal adventure of mindful and intuitive eating, I became aware of the different types of hunger. The two most popular types of hunger are emotional and physical hunger.


What’s the Difference Between Emotional Hunger and Physical Hunger?

Glad you asked! Following is a graphic showing eight differences between emotional hunger and physical hunger.

How I Got Confused…

As I was untangling my own challenges with eating, I started to realise that I was confusing these two types of hunger and how I was filling that hunger. I was confusing physical hunger with emotional hunger and emotional hunger with physical hunger (and also other types of hunger).

Filling My Buckets…

What I realised over time, is that I needed to firstly recognise the internal signals my body was giving me (and yes that took lots of practise), then start to identify the difference between physical and emotional hunger and then fill the correct bucket. I needed to fill physical hunger with food and my emotional hunger with other things that filled my emotional hunger bucket.

“If you want to eat when you’re not hungry, you’re hungry for something else.” ~ Geneen Roth

Over to You…

I hope this has given you insight in to the physical and emotional hunger buckets. This practise took me quite a long time to learn and today (after beginning again many times), I make more conscious choices than I have previously.

Are there any other comments you  would add? If so, feel free to share them below in the comments! Remember – there are other types of hunger (i.e. spiritual hunger), however emotional and physical hunger are the most popular.

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Virtue D. (1995). Constant Craving: What Your Food Cravings Mean and How to Overcome Them. New York, USA: Hay House.

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