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Don't yet have a copy of The Dish on Eating Healthy and Being Fabulous!? Or maybe you have your copy, but haven't read it cover to cover. That's okay. We decided it would be fun to share some of our favorite parts of the book with you each month here on our website. Check it out. This month, we chose to spotlight the section on Time Triggers--you know those times of the day when food becomes the hardest to resist? Read on and see what we say in The Dish.

Is it the Real Thing?

What exactly is that sudden burning desire for warm-from-the oven chocolate chip cookies? Is it hunger or is it appetite? What’s the diff, you say? Here’s the dish: If you’re truly hungry, you’ll feel stomach pangs and rumblings, along with that familiar gnawing feeling in the pit of your stomach. If you’re really hungry, you may even feel a headache coming on. Appetite, on the other hand, is not your body begging for more food, it’s a desire for food based on emotions, habits, moods, sights, smells, and memories. If you’ve had years of experience of mixing up the two, then have patience my dear. It will take time to begin to identify which one is taking hold and sending you to the fridge in search of food.

One approach is to find your own personal hunger barometer. (Densie Says: Mine happens to be an apple. It has to be a healthy food that you ordinarily like.) If you think you’re hungry, and your personal hunger barometer sounds delish, then Bingo! It’s hunger you’re feeling. If, however, you find yourself snubbing your barometer in favor of a dish of cookies ‘n cream ice cream or a cheese Danish, then you weren’t hungry at all. It was your appetite that was rearing its ugly little head.


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