Tuesday, 9 July 2013

EATING AND EMOTIONS


One theory of obesity hypothesizes that overweight people do not distinguish physiological signals of hunger or satiety because of faulty learning. Emotional eating often leads to eating too much, especially too much of high-calorie, sweet, fatty foods. The relationship between food and emotions may be imbalanced in individuals with eating disorders, obesity, or depression. It is generally accepted that how we feel can influence what we choose to eat or drink. Also what we eat can affect our mental functioning. Keep a food diary every day.
It is a combination of eating too much of some foods and not enough of others that is contributing to symptoms such as depression. When under stress, our body increases its production of a number of hormones. While the brain “instructs” the body to produce and release certain chemicals to deal with stress, there are also physiological factors responsible for change in emotions. Some people respond to stress by selecting food for its chemical effects while others choose foods to meet emotional needs. Emotional eaters eat foods that are high in fat, starch, sugar, and salt. An emotional eater will use food to block out certain emotions or to fill a void in their life.
Exercise is a great way to help counteract negative emotions because it releases endorphins to help improve the mood. Eat regularly and eat a healthy, balanced diet. Get adequate rest. Yoga also emphasizes mindful eating. They learn to rely on their wisdom and intuition to make decisions about eating healthy and other life decisions. Stress management should be a part of interventions designed to curb the consumption of calorie laden foods. Pure foods, which consist of fresh fruits and vegetables, are said to bring calmness and tranquillity to the mind. Stimulating foods like spices, onions, etc., are said to restless, unsatisfied state of mind and thereby to nervous disorders and emotional outbreaks. Bach Flower Therapy can be used as a self-help tool by anyone to help soothe daily irritability, moodiness and stress of all kinds. Quartz crystals have excellent healing properties. Quartz also has the ability to transform an imbalanced energy field. When you feel stressed, angry or whatever the crystal can balance your energies and revitalize you.
Meditation to deal with negative emotions:
  • Inhale deeply. Simultaneously visualize imbibing whatever positive energies you desire coming to you. Focus on one attribute at a time. Fill your lungs completely.
  • Hold your breath for a few seconds, and as you do so feel these energies filling you completely, every part of your body.
  • Exhale let the duration of your exhalation be longer than that of your inhalation. Feel yourself expelling all your negative energies
In order to stop the unhealthy pattern of binge eating, it is important to start eating for health and nutrition.

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