Do you eat emotionally?

Monday, July 31, 2017 Comfort Food  No comments

We go out to eat to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, promotion, etc.
Or we entertain around dinner parties and holidays. At church functions,
there are get-together and potluck meals. You tag it and in some way it all
revolves close to food. Yes food has a important role in our lives of comfort and
enjoyment. Culturally and intuitively we prepare and serve foods
to comfort those who have experienced loss, to celebrate happiness or to show
friendship and affection. Food is very important in our lives. Without consuming
food we would not be able to perform our daily activities. Our muscles
would decline, our nervous system would break down. We all need food.

WHAT IS EMOTIONAL EATING?

But are you also eating whenever you are lonely or depressed? Seeing food
as more than just a supply of energy and enjoying it simply for the
satisfaction it gives is not wrong. In fact science shows that food
can promote good feelings by chemical reactions caused in our brains.
What the problem is when an individual cannot practice pain, anxiety,
bliss or even being upset without turning to food as means of dealing with
those feelings, or they are obsessed with food, weight and dieting.

Emotional eaters turn to food as a source of distraction from dealing
with feelings. However, eating these foods leads to feelings of guilt
which can only be soothed with more eating, restrictive dieting,
excessive exercise or purging.

Emotional eaters tend to appreciate themselves based on their weight and
how closely they have stuck to their ‘ideal’ diet. Because of this
out of the track relationship with food, foods are labelled “GOOD” and “BAD”.
Emotional eating can lead to dangerous eating disorders and depression.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M AN EMOTIONAL EATER?

Do you turn to food for reasons other than craving? Are you obsessed
with thoughts of food – whether you plan to eat it or focus
on restricting yourself from eating it?

Do you regularly try diets and fail – leading to guilt and further
over eating? Do you think about or attempt to purge excess food by
throwing up or using laxatives? Do you exercise on impulse when
you think you’ve eaten too much?

HOW DO I OVERCOME EMOTIONAL EATING?

While emotional eating is caused by looking at food as a coping
strategy for emotional distress dieting can actually produce
more problems. When the emotional eater fails to stick to a diet they
suffer feelings of guilt that can only be soothed
with more food and in turn, more guilt or punishment.
It is a chain reaction after all.

Instead of trying to concentrate on what they are eating, the emotional
eater needs to realize new skills for coping with stressful
emotions. Often this requires the help of a Personal Coach or
Psychotherapist who deals with emotional eating. It is only
by finding replacements for the comfort food provided that the
person can put food into its rightful place and learn
wholesome eating practice that last a life span.

When you aged, your eating system also cannot absorb what you have
eaten. Especially, individuals who pass the age of over 40, has to
be much more careful on their emotions.

Ali Engin Senyuva is the author of YourOver40Diet.com. He is sharing his experinces on healthy living over the age of 40. Please visit his site at www.YourOver40Diet.com. Or press the link here Your Over 40 Diet
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