High Emotional Eating
Emotional eating is eating because of feelings and not
because of hunger. You find yourself eating larger and more
often than you would ordinarily eat because of
prevailing circumstances in and around you. It is estimated that about 75% of people who overeat do so because of emotional disturbances.
You might notice in yourself or family or friends that a
certain level of positive excitement makes you want to eat and eat. Does this remind you of Christmas and Thanksgiving eating sprees?
Do you find yourself eating more to give yourself a pat on the back? To celebrate You? And then you overeat because you deserve it? You eat and eat, not because of hunger but because of your feelings. This is emotional eating.
Another extreme is the negative one. Here, you eat for comfort, that’s to comfort yourself over a certain loss or upset, or pain.
Boredom, broken relationship, anger, fatigue, frustration, loneliness, failure, depression, death of a loved one, poor self-esteem and such negative emotions can result in overeating and binge.
What are The Possible Triggers Of Emotional Eating?
- Emotional: Emotional upsets can trigger overeating beyond control. If you let yourself live in a continuous state of boredom, feelings of disappointment, anger, depression, inferiority, helplessness, stress, fatigue, failure or the like, using food to ‘make up’ becomes natural.
- Thoughts Of Helplessness: You might feel inadequate, too fat, and experience a strong pull to eat and eat. This kind of feeling has the funny result of even making you eat much more because, that’s often your Focus. You chide yourself, feel helpless, and still go on eating more.
- Social: Eating with friends and colleagues affect some people negatively especially if you find it hard to say, “No’’. The encouragement to go for another helping could be quite compelling especially if coming from somebody you admire.
- Medical: Perhaps you have, like I have, met people who overeat heavily as a result of some medication or another they have been placed on.
How To Stop Emotional Eating
To stop emotional eating, you must
do something differently.
- For instance, loneliness has a seed of solution within it: Stop pitying yourself and how many friends have become unreachable to you. Reach out to others. The world is full of many great and nice people you haven’t yet met.
- Engage in light aerobic exercises. Include deep breathing exercise to it. Take walks, or jog. Read a good book
Breaking free from emotional eating
could be tasking but if you put your mind to doing it, you’ll experience a new level of happiness and vitality.
Consider engaging in some pleasurable venture instead of responding to the strong desire to eat.
Choose to be a Thermostat and not a Thermometer emotionally.
A thermometer just responds to the environment.
A thermostat conditions the environment.
Emotional eating would become a thing of the past
if you are a Thermostat.
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