The Dangers of Emotional Eating
The Cycle of Emotional Eating
Much of our eating is “emotional eating”. What do I mean by this statement? Emotional eating is another way to look at cravings. When you are not responding to natural hunger, you must be responding to something other than true hunger. Eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures.
Many of us, instead of eating to live, we are living to eat. There is a lot of emotion involved in what we eat and how we eat. You may find yourself planning your entire day around when and where you will eat. If you are under a lot of stress, you may find yourself eating uncontrollably. Obviously, this type of eating is unhealthy.
Beware of the Dangers of Emotional Eating
Many of us are trapped in this cycle of emotional eating. Food has become our only true friend or enjoyment. When anyone tries to take this friend away from us—they better be aware of the danger!
This is sometimes the hardest of eating habits to deal with. Hopefully, you are finding an increasing victory over any emotional eating in your life because you are becoming free from what I refer to as “carbohydrate addiction”.
Writing down everything that you eat is very important in breaking this cycle. It is more important to be very honest than perfect. Everyone is going to eat something that they know is not good for them or that they shouldn’t be eating.
It is important to realize that you are being freed from certain cravings that can lead to emotional eating. Carbohydrate addiction is one of the major driving forces behind this type of eating. This uncontrollable hunger (hyperphagia) that occurs following a high-glycemic meal is often thought to be emotional eating. However, it is really your body craving another high-glycemic meal because of this dramatic vacillation of your blood sugars.
Alternatives to Emotional Eating
To address the physiological aspect of overeating, some good stress management techniques may be very useful for you. It’s very important to include daily exercise, meditation, listening to music or anything that has a calming effect and helps release hormones that make us feel better. This can work as a great alternative to emotional eating.
Finally, from an emotional standpoint, some of us find we could use some professional help. A mental-health counselor or someone to speak with regularly might be very helpful in beginning the process of change. It’s certainly not always easy, but it can be done.
The most important part for us to learn how to manage emotional eating is to begin by recognizing the problem.