The food that you choose to eat can reveal a great deal about what you desire at a core level. Understanding your appetite means thinking outside the box to decode your hunger through mindful eating practices.
Mindful eating is eating with intention — the intention of exploring your relationship with food, and of being grateful for and savoring your food. Eating with intention can also help you understand your appetite.
Appetite can be likened to cravings or a strong desire for a particular food or beverage, but particular cravings can also reveal your appetite for something that's not food at all.
From my experience, our bodies are home to seven different types of hungers. These hungers can influence what you eat, but they also communicate parts of the self that need to be satisfied in non-food ways.
Take a moment here to think about what stimulates your hunger. What are your triggers? Do emotions and your senses drive you to go into the cabinet to look for a snack? Does something missing in your life end up getting fulfilled on your plate?
Your experiences with hunger are unique to you, but you may notice that some of your appetites are related to one of seven hungers: