Eating is a part of life, but emotional eating is not… There are two types of eating: Healthy eating and emotional eating.
Emotional eating is one of the types of eating disorders that can result in gaining weight and more likely can affect your health.
We live to eat and we eat to live…but improper eating can be dangerous to your body.
Although your body gets its nutrients from food. But sometimes we can go overboard with it, that can cause several illnesses and diseases.
One issue with food is emotional eating.
Emotional eating is defined as overeating in order to relieve negative emotions.
The problem of the types of eating disorders is,… it starts in the mind. More probably because of stress.
You make a decision to eat more to forget your problem instead of making some plans to solve your problem.
There is a similarity with alcoholic drinkers. Many have made their way to drink so they can more likely forget their problems.
Stress takes its advantage on your life. When your defenses are compromised,… your health takes a hit and so do your emotions.
The fact is, everyone has good days and bad days.
Obviously, how we deal with the bad ones may bring emotional eating habit. You look for comfort for your hurts so you make your way on eating.
People who turn to food for comfort find a coping mechanism (believing) that they won’t judge them, won’t hurt them and tell them “No…no…no..!”
To complicate the issue, eating pleasurable foods can stimulate the release of a good mode (endorphin) just like exercise. So, after you eat, you feel better.
The Wrong Way Solution of Stress by People Who Developed A Habit of Emotional Eating
Emotional eaters use food to relieve stress. This is absolutely wrong…
They hide behind the food instead of seeking solutions to the problems. Yes, you can hide behind the food, but you added more problem to your stress.
This is not uncommon when the stressor is something horrible such as overeating – abusing your health that brings other side effects that may lead to sickness and death.
Obviously, you will gain weight if you eat too much, and more likely you will develop some kind of sickness… like high blood pressure and diabetes.
Some people tending this habit not knowing that they are already having an emotional eating problem. As long as they feel good and have the relieve of their stress no matter what.
But, how do you know you are having an emotional eating problem? You might think, I have the appetite to eat so what now…!
The first sign is obvious.
In light of the weight gain, examine other areas of your life:
- Have you been under stress at work or at home?
- Has anything traumatic happened in the past?
- Are you dealing with a problem but haven’t found a solution?
Answering “yes” to any of these questions could mean that you are an emotional eater. You eat but you are not necessarily hungry at the time. The foods that you choose are what we term “comfort foods”:
- High fat foods like French fries, fried foods.
- High carb foods like macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes.
- Sugary foods like ice cream, donuts, cookies, cake and etc.
Eating not healthy food will harm your body. To stay healthy we must see to it what food we will take for the sake of our health not for the sake of our comfort in a while.
Guidelines For Emotional Eater To Overcome Emotional Eating
There is help for emotional eaters. And if you are one, you ought to start some other ways that you can benefit for your health.
The most vital and important in life is your health. Everything depends on your health.
1. Recognize your problem.
You are stressed out and the solution is not by eating too many foods.
Looking at yourself as you are having this problem will eventually help you to find other solutions.
Be brave one, facing the problem of emotional eating with a clear understanding that leads to your concern for living a healthy lifestyle. Remember, Health is Wealth.
2. Seek counseling.
There are many types of counselors out there that can meet your need.
You cannot control your eating habits unless you already have overcome your emotions.
Emotional eating has nothing to do with dieting or changing your eating habits but it’s by gaining control over your emotions.
Visualization helps you to see your problems in a realistic way and not blown out of proportion.
You will also learn to see food as nutrition for the body and not for the solution of your emotional problem.
3. Give time for relaxation.
When you have selected the proper time, maybe Sunday or Saturday, then go to a place that you can relax. Try this guideline “The Abundant Mind.”
You can mingle with good people in religious activities like fellowship, church services, and other events.
They might suggest things like visualization, practicing problem-solving skills, relaxation techniques, and family support.
4. Find a guideline for proper diet and exercise.
Proper diet and regular exercises increase immunity, blood flow, and positive thinking.
5. Make a commitment to change your mindset.
Every great success starts with a decision to change a mindset. It’s your mindset and your internal motivation that get you the physical changes you want to see.
6. Train your mind and body.
You can train the mind and your body because they have a connection with each other so you don’t have to be tempted to eat when you aren’t hungry.
7. Eat only when you’re hungry.
When you are hungry eat only real, healthy, and nourishing foods whenever you experience physical hunger. Eating when you’re hungry will not only make you less inclined to binge, but it will also tell your body that it’s safe to lose weight.
Finding new ways to solve your problems and deal with stress will push food out of the equation. You can really enjoy healthy body and mind lifestyle, that’s the wealth that cannot be exchanged for anything.
Remember…! You’ll always find solutions to every problem only if you seek them. Find something which will replace the dependence on food.