Mouth Hunger

When you are hungry, where do you feel the sensation of hunger? Is it a feeling in your mouth?

Mouth hunger is very different from stomach hunger. Rather than being a physical feeling, it is a desire to eat for emotional reasons such as boredom, sadness, stress, because food looks good, or just because it’s there.

Ignore it

When you notice mouth hunger, you can try to ignore it – choose not to eat until you feel true, physical hunger in your stomach.

In order to do this, you will need to find a way to distract yourself.

If you want to eat because food looks good or just because it’s there, you need to get away from the food or get it away from you. Move yourself of the food across the room, out of the room, or out of the building.

If you want to eat out of boredom or in order to mask sadness, stress or another feeling, try to find something else to mask your feelings. Here are a just a few ideas but I’m sure you can come up with more:

Tortured cat

  • Take a bubble bath
  • Clean your bathroom
  • Come over and clean my bathroom
  • Scrapbook
  • Go for a walk around the block
  • Call an old friend
  • Read a trashy magazine
  • Play with a puppy/ cat/ baby
  • Turn on Taylor Swift and dance around the room
  • Remind yourself why you’re not a painter
  • Watch a zombie movie
  • Rake the leaves/ shovel the snow/ mow the lawn
  • Make fun of tortured cat


Accept it

If you know you will feel deprived if you try to ignore your mouth hunger, give into it, but with the following rules:

  • Think about exactly what you want
  • Eat only exactly what you want – if you want ice cream, don’t settle for fat-free frozen yogurt
  • Savor every bite you take and don’t feel guilty about it
  • If you are not enjoying it, stop eating
What‘s your favorite activity to distract yourself from mouth hunger?
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