potato chips (39075)

Eating is so much a part of life. Your body gets down its nutrients from food. Occasionally we can go overboard with our eating habits and it can lead to gaining weight. One major issue with food is emotional eating.

The problem of emotional eating could end with the scale but it begins in the head. Stress unfortunately takes its toll on your life. When your defense mechanism's compromised your health takes a hit and also your emotions.

Everybody has good days and bad days. How we handle the bad ones brings emotional eating into play. You seek comfort for your hurts. Individuals who turn to food for comfort obtain a coping mechanism that won't judge them, hurt them or tell them "no." To complicate the issue, eating enjoyable foods can cause the release of endorphins just like when exercising. So, after eating, you feel better.

Emotional eaters utilize food to alleviate stress. They hide behind the food rather than seeking solutions to the problems. This is not rare when the stressor is something horrifying such as physical abuse or a death.

But, how do you know you're using food in this way? The 1st sign is obvious. You'll gain weight if you eat too much. In view of the weight gain, examine other areas of your life:

* Have you been under stress of late at work or at home?

* Has anything traumatic occur in the last year?

* Are you dealing with some trouble but haven't found a solution?

Responding "yes" to any of these questions may mean that you are an emotional eater. You eat but you're not necessarily hungry at the time. The foods that you prefer are what we term "comfort foods":

* High fat content foods like French fries, fried foods

* High carb foods like mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese

* Sugary foods like donuts, ice cream, cookies, cake

There's help for emotional eaters. The first step is acknowledging that you have a problem. You'll undergo feelings of helplessness and guilt. The guilt feelings are over potentially ruining your health and the helplessness rests in the fact that you don't see a way out.

Second, seek counseling. There are a lot of types of counselors out there that can meet your need. Emotional eating has nothing to do with diet or changing your eating habits but capture over your emotions.

A counselor may suggest things like visualization, practicing problem solving skills, and family support. Visualization helps you to see your problems in an absolutely realistic way and not blown out of proportion. You'll also learn to see food as nourishment for the body and not an emotional crutch.

Thirdly, your family can learn your triggers for stress and be on the lookout for changes in your eating habits. They can help you be conscious of the foods you are eating, assist you in making healthy food choices and exercise together with you. Right diet and exercise increases immunity, blood flow and positive thinking. Yoga heightens the mind/body connection so you don't eat when you aren't hungry.

Finding fresh ways to solve your problems and dealing with stresses will push food out of the equation. You'll feel good about finding solutions which will substitute the dependence on food.