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Am I Really Hungry? A Food Fable

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Sad Scott continued...

Now Scott feels even worse. He just ate a big, unhealthy snack full of calories and loaded with sugar. Scott wishes he could have a hug from someone who loves him.

  • How could Scott have better handled his sadness and anger?
  • What do you do when you are feeling sad or left out?

FIT Point:  Food doesn't fix sadness, anger or bad moods.

Give your mind what it needs:  Do something other than eating to work through your sadness. Try talking about your feelings with a friend or your parent. Put on your favorite music and sing. Or think about the things that went right today and write them down.

 

Hungry Hannah

Hannah is so hungry. She just got home from a long day at school, followed by a guitar lesson. It is 3:30 p.m., and she hasn't had anything to eat since lunch. Her mom said that dinner won't be for another four hours. 

Hannah decides to munch on apple slices dipped in peanut butter. Hannah thinks the mix of salty and sweet is delicious. The fruit and peanut butter are healthy and will give her energy. 

When she finishes her snack, Hannah feels better and is ready to tackle her homework.

FIT Point:  A healthy snack like apple slices and peanut butter is a great food choice when you are hungry.

Give your mind and body what they need:  If you're hungry, a healthy snack is great for your body and mind.

 

Make Sure It's Food That You Need

Beth, Thomas, Hannah, and Scott all tried to fix their feelings with food. But only Hannah actually felt better after snacking. That's because food only helps if it's your stomach that is really hungry. If it's your mind or heart that needs to be taken care of, you'll need to slow down and find a better way to feel better before you reach for food.

Have you ever eaten when you didn't feel hungry? How did that make you feel? 

Here are three questions to ask yourself each time you start to eat:

  • Do I feel signs of being hungry -- growling stomach, crankiness, headache? Maybe you need a healthy snack.
  • When was the last time I ate? Been a while? You may need a healthy snack.
  • How do I feel right now? Am I bored? Tired? Stressed? If you’re feeling one of these things, maybe eating isn't the best way to make you feel better. Find a solution that gives your mind and body what they need.

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli, MD, FAAP on December 23, 2013
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