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Are you an emotional eater?


         You went to the dietician, or you have done a good research on the proper diet and you have convinced yourself about the necessity of healthy eating. May be you are a person with discipline and you are able to follow strict schedules too, so you follow your meals-schedule as well. Or, maybe, you are a person who dislikes discipline and prefers to go your own pace.

Might you are over weighted or you might have not exactly the shape you imagine for your body.

 

       Besides these characteristics, your issue is that your emotions often decide about when, what and how much you eat, instead of your body’s real needs, instead of your real physical hunger.

 

That means practically that:

 

You often eat:

1.   when you are not hungry, but angry.

2.   when you have problems to solve, to think.

3.   when you feel sad, confused, bored.

4.   Without realizing, sometimes, how much and what you eat, or even the fact that you eat.

5.   because you crave for high-calories, high-fat, high-carbohydrates food, although your stomach is full.

6.   Because you have been inspired from the advertisement of this particular snack, when a model was eating it in such a happiness

and with such a pleasure, or to escape from a difficult situation!

7.   Because after eating this food, although you are not hungry, your mood is going better.

8.   Because you feel this particular food as a kind of good company.

9.   Because eating is an activity for you.

10.     Because this food brings back warm and enjoyable moments.

 

Actually, this is emotional eating. Each one of the above cases indicates that your feelings and not your normal hunger reflexes decide about your food.

Stress is the cause of emotional eating. Emotional eating is a stress symptom because :

  1. When you are stressed, the so-called stress hormones are released in your body.

Cortizol is one of them. High levels of cortizol create cravings for starchy and sweet food.

  1. When you are stressed, your serotonin levels in the brain decrease. Serotonin is also a hormone, which regulates human emotions. Thus, a natural reaction of your body is to crave for food that raise the production of serotonin. Carbohydrates, that means starchy, sweet, and usually high-calories food, speed up the production of serotonin. When more serotonin enters the brain a feeling of relaxation and calm occurs.

So, emotional eating is a reaction to stress, but it is not a solution, it is just a temporary regulation of the body to correct the situation and this result lasts for just a while.

 Emotional eating is a stress-symptom.

           If you want a solution for emotional eating, then you have to learn how to control your stress. You have to learn how you will finish a stressful day without loss of serotonin, and without increased stress hormones.

           Biofeedback is the method, that will guide your autonomous nervous system adopting the way to deal with stress, every moment stress exceeds the limits.  

           When your autonomous nervous system adjusts to react automatically, you also will have no more accumulating cortisol at the end of a stressful day.

          You will have only free time to enjoy your favorable activities. If you want to tackle emotional eating then:

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