Many people fear the 4-10 pm time slot. They feel out of control...a bottomless pit...helpless. How do you navigate this time of day?!
Eat well and often during the day. The body is hungry every 3-4 hours. If you go longer than that without eating, hunger hormones increase (such as ghrelin) that make it harder to feel satisfied and intensify cravings for fat and sugar (and a lot of it!). Eat foods that fill and satisfy every 3-4 hours
None of these reasons are wrong! Identify the source and then focus on that source if/when you satisfy your senses. For example, if your mouth was what wanted food to begin with, don't eat until the stomach is full. The stomach wasn't asking for it to begin with!
Keep in mind that distractions make it hard to satisfy your senses. For example, if your mouth craved the crunchy sweetness of a cookie but you eat those cookies while watching TV, your senses are only processing 1/2 of that cookie enjoyment so you end up eating 2x as much. The whole point of eating cookies is for pleasure. If you detract from that pleasure, what's the point?
It is never wrong to eat. Whether you eat for physical or non physical reasons, food plays a tremendous role in what it means to be human. Slow down and enjoy the food.
DISCLAIMER: The information presented here is meant to be for general education. If you want individual guidance to reach your unique health goals, please contact me or a local dietitian directly
Dietitian, personal trainer, mother, wife, runner, and triathlete staying healthy one bit and bite at a time