Are You Eating Yourself Unhealthy?

Do you often seek comfort in food? Do you snack on food when you are stressed or bored?

You could be eating your emotions. We often eat for other reasons than to satisfy hunger. Reaching for ice cream or potato chips might make you feel better temporarily, but emotional eaters also tend to feel guilty about what they eat and have a high risk of overeating.

Awareness is the first step. When we become mindful of the food we choose and how we feel while we eat, we are connecting our minds and our bodies to make more healthful choices. Journaling about your food is a good way to start. In addition to noting the foods you eat throughout the day, including any bits of food you grab between planned meals and snacks, it is wise to write how you feel after eating. This teaches you what foods are best for your unique body.

Find other things you can do for yourself to gain comfort. It could be grabbing coffee with a good friend or taking a bubble bath. Get creative. A common reason people note overeating and binge eating is that they have nothing else to look forward to. Give yourself something healthy and loving to look forward to at the end of your day or to think of when you wake up.

Dealing with uncomfortable emotions is the next step. Our emotions rise up to the surface to be felt. Like a child, they want our attention. If we stuff them down with food, not only are we adding empty calories and unhealthy fats to our bodies, we are also creating stress on the body which produces toxins. Emotions stored in our subconscious or otherwise will create an environment for disease because of the cascade of chemical reactions this added stress produces. Understand that feelings pass. As soon as you just let it be and breathe through it, it will pass away. Some take longer than others, but they always pass away.

Start a meditation practice. Figure out what time of day works for you. If you are tight on time, start with 5 minutes a day. Focus on your breathing or find a technique like Vipassana to practice. For more information, you can check out www.dhamma.org.

If you want help setting up a meal and lifestyle plan to get back on the right path, give us a call. You can set up an appointment for a complimentary nutrition and wellness consultation. Make yourself and your health a priority right now.

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Author
Calliope Tsoukalas Nutrition Counselor/Health & Fitness Writer

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