What to eat when you don’t know what to eat?

In this article, we are going to answer what to eat when you don’t know what to eat, is it physical or emotional hunger, how can you treat emotional hunger, how to know if you are thirsty or hungry, and how to decide what you want to eat if you are not hungry. 

What to eat when you don’t know what to eat?

When you don’t know what to eat you need to first know what is the cause of why you feel like not eating. It can be caused by an emotional problem such as anxiety, maybe you are thirsty and think you are hungry or simply you don’t feel like eating anything but you know you need to eat. 

Some healthy ideas for what to eat when you don’t know what to eat are

  • Apple with peanut butter
  • Avocado toast
  • Turkey rolls with cheese
  • Trail mix
  • Yogurt with fruit and granola
  • Fresh salad with some croutons and lean protein 

Is it physical or emotional hunger?

If you are a person that likes to eat, it is very likely that if you have an emotional problem such as anxiety or depression you will turn to food to fulfill that emotional problem. Normally, when you turn into food when you have an emotional problem you will eat whatever you can find, especially junk food. 

The main problem of eating to fulfill an emotional problem is that even when you eat, you will need more food because it is an unresolved problem.  Some difference between emotional hunger and physical hunger includes

Emotional hunger

  • It comes suddenly, from one moment to the other you are very hungry. 
  • You don’t know what to eat and turn to junk food
  • You binge without control and dont feel better
  • You might feel guilt and shame after eating

Physical hunger

  • It develops over time
  • You can eat healthy food
  • You know when you are full and can stop
  • There are no negative feelings such as shame or guilt after eating

How can you treat emotional hunger?

Try to look for other ways to control your anxiety, stress, or emotional hunger that can actually reduce what you are feeling. Some ideas might be to read a book or try to write a journal so you can manage negative emotions. 

Other ideas that can actually reduce emotional hunger are to try mediation, yoga, or exercise to release those emotions and reduce emotional hunger. If you feel that emotional hunger is something you can’t control, try to talk to a therapist. 

How to know if you are thirsty or hungry?

According to the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, being thirsty or dehydrated can switch up how your hypothalamus regulates your appetite and thirst so you can actually feel hungry instead of thirsty. 

So, before you eat, drink a glass of water and wait before you eat. If after 10-20 minutes you are still feeling hungry, then try to eat something healthy instead of junk food. Some ideas on what to eat are

  • Red bell peppers and guacamole with crackers
  • Greek yogurt with fruit and granola
  • Mixed nuts
  • Kale chips
  • Dark chocolate with nuts
  • Celery and carrots with cream cheese

How to decide what you want to eat if you are not hungry?

When you don’t know how to eat and you are not hungry try to delay that meal. If you are not hungry and it is time to eat there is no rule that you must eat only if you have a medical condition that requires you to eat on schedule. 

If you decide to eat, look for healthy options you might have to make a good choice and dont go for the easy way out of choosing junk food or processed food. There might be a medical or health condition why you are not feeling hungry such as being sick, having a migraine, being pregnant, stressed, or taking some medications.

Some ideas on what to eat when you are not hungry include

  • White rice
  • Chicken broth 
  • Beef broth 
  • Smoothies
  • Shakes

If you just feel like not eating try the 35 healthiest fast food you can get when you dont feel like cooking. 

Conclusion

This article answered what to eat when you don’t know what to eat, is it physical or emotional hunger, how to know if you are thirsty or hungry, and how to decide what you want to eat if you are not hungry. 

Citation

https://www.jennyedenberk.com/blogroll/what-to-eat

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-to-eat-healthy-guide

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