What Kind of Hunger Is Driving You to Eat? Part 1: The Senses

Updated: Nov 19

Are you hungry? What are you hungry for – and why?

Most people don’t take a moment to consider these questions, and instead just grab the closest food and eat when they feel hungry.

Mindful eating experts came up with an answer to these questions by identifying seven types of hunger. By recognizing and acknowledging the reason behind your desire to eat, it can complement getting in touch with your hunger and satiety cues to better recognize when to eat – and when to pass.

Much of what I’m about to discuss I’ve adapted from Jan Chozen Bays’ book Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food as well as other mindful eating resources. I will share more mindful eating resources in the conclusion of this three-part series, so stay tuned!

Why Does The Type of Hunger Matter?

Why does it matter what hunger is driving your desire to eat something? For many struggling with their relationship with food, it can provide valuable insight in the journey towards developing more positive eating behaviors and a better relationship with food – one that ultimately nourishes you mind, body, and soul and goes beyond whether something is good or bad or the guilt many people have about their eating behaviors.

It can be a difficult journey to get to that place, one that involves much more than simply recognizing the hunger driving the desire to eat. But many find recognizing and categorizing it invaluable in the work to reach their ultimate health and wellness