Controlling Your Eating Habits

Diet, Nutrition, Stress Management
Have You Lost Control Over Food? Addictions can be crippling in all their forms; drugs, alcohol, and, yes, even food. Sometimes we lose control over our eating habits. Maybe it’s stress, maybe it’s avoidance or self-esteem issues - no matter the motive, it can quickly spiral out of control. But it’s important to understand that food addiction has nothing to do with willpower, or lack thereof. It’s all about the imbalance of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine, released in the reward system of the brain, is actually vital for good health. The problem starts when the brain releases too much of it when we eat foods that flood the reward system of the brain with dopamine. When this happens, the brain reduces amount of dopamine receptors to protect itself and…
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What Is Food Addiction?

Diet, Nutrition
Food Addiction Is Real And Devastating We need food in order to survive, plain and simple … but over the years food has become more and more toxic to our health. This is due to the process of making it tastier and more convenient by way of artificial processing. Food addiction can actually happen with natural (Healthy) foods as well, and even though it’s a better choice, too much of anything can of course become harmful to our health. Since the real issue is more so related to processed foods, we will get into its negative effects and why/how it is really becoming a widespread epidemic. The Truth About Foods We Consume On a Daily Basis… There are chemicals and ingredients used in processed foods that are specifically made to…
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The Consequences Of Binge Eating

Depression, Diet, Mental Wellness, Nutrition
Binge Eating and Consequences for Your Body Food has become a thorn in many people’s sides. Really, a lot of this is not about food, but the type of food we have available to us in the modern world. When it comes to binge eating, addictive man made foods result in aff4ecting us in such a way as to cause to drastically overeat, not because our bodies need food but for dysfunctional reasons. Eating disorders, as bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and binge eating, are life-threatening, serious conditions that affect a person’s physical, emotional and mental health. They all stem from an addiction to the dopamine (a “feel good” hormone) released in the reward center of the brain; an addiction which is just as strong as that of alcohol or drugs.…
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Do You You Have An Emotional Eating Problem?

Diet, Mindset, Nutrition
5 Signs You Have An Emotional Eating Problem We as humans tend to seek comfort in certain things as an emotional response. Developing an Emotional Eating problem can be one of those responses. For example, a family member or friend’s death may cause you to never leave your house, or never want to be alone. Well similarly, some people find their comfort in food regardless of their situation or emotional feelings. There are indicating factors as to what triggers an emotional response and emotional eating is a result of such factors. Carol Cottrill, certified nutritionist, says “emotional eating is when one eats for reasons other than actual hunger”. This is a very good example of how we respond when under emotional distress. Here are five signs that mean you have…
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Beware Dieting Dangers

Diabetes, Diet, Heart Health, Nutrition
5 Serious Dieting Dangers To Avoid As per WebMD, nobody is perfect and the best way to maintain our overall wellness is by avoiding the many dieting dangers. We shouldn’t be striving for perfection, but instead embracing moderation by eating a well-balanced diet and regularly exercising. There are plenty of diet fads and trends that come and go, and while many will offer you the weight loss you desire in the timeframe you want to achieve it in- once you stop that diet and revert back to your original diet habits you regain that weight, and more. Therefore, the most successful option is instead to change your lifestyle. Avoid Added Sugar Sugar is simply empty calories- it offers no essential nutrients. Additionally, excess sugar consumption can result in several serious…
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Do You Have An Eating Problem?

Diet, Mental Wellness, Stress Management, Weight gain
Self-Assessment Test: Do You Eat For Hunger Or To Stuff Emotions? People eat for many reasons. For some, eating is a time of social interaction or fun. Others eat strictly because the body is sending signals from the stomach by way of hormones telling them they are hungry, in other words they eat to live. Unfortunately, there are still others for which eating is an emotional crutch. They eat because stress and strong emotions have invaded their mind and food becomes a way to block the unpleasantness of the feelings. Some of the most common feelings that people eat behind are loneliness, stress, sadness, heartache, and boredom. When we eat emotionally in order to stuff feelings, we end up eating too much or eating the wrong foods. Our overall health…
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Treating Emotional Overeating

Diet, Mindset, Positivity, Stress Management
Where To Get Help For Emotional Overeating Emotional overeating can seem like a prison with no way out, and when you do think of seeking treatment, it can seem too overwhelming to consider. Sometimes it helps to have some simple steps and treatment programs laid out clearly, so it doesn't seem so overwhelming. Following is a list of common treatment options for emotional overeating disorder, as well as some tips on things you can do and some cautions on what not to do. Common Treatments First, recognize your problem. Know you're not alone - the number of people who suffer from emotional overeating disorder is significant. * Counseling - Individual, group, or family counseling can prove very helpful for people who experience emotional overeating. Counseling treatment usually involves some nutritional…
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Health Risks Of Emotional Overeating

Diabetes, Diet, Heart Health
Few people who eat for emotional reasons eat the right kinds of foods nor do they eat the right amount of food. Emotional eating is almost a part of overeating in general. When you eat to hide or comfort yourself around life’s disappointments, negative feelings, or stressors, you tend to eat too much and you tend to make poor food choices. This can lead to negative health consequences that build up over time. What emotional eating can lead to…? The health consequences of emotional eating are many. First, emotional eating is often associated with overeating. You don’t pay attention to normal hormonal mechanisms in the body that tell you to stop eating because you have eaten enough and you gain weight over time. Weight gain can lead to obesity, which…
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What Causes Emotional Overeating Disorder

Diet, Mindset, Stress Management
Emotional overeating disorders can be difficult and devastating for those who suffer from them. What makes this happen? Why is it that some people, knowingly or unknowingly, turn to food for comfort? Here are some thoughts and ideas on those questions. Emotional overeating disorder is a general term that refers to any of various eating habits where genuine hunger is not the motivational factor. It is more common among women than men, but men are not immune - especially young men in their teens and twenties. Those who suffer from this disorder associate food with emotional comfort, and will turn to eating to escape negative feelings. Past Trauma For some with emotional overeating disorder, the problem stems from past traumatic events. Someone who suffered sexual abuse, for example, or some…
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Do You You Have an Eating Disorder?

Diet, Stress Management, Weight gain
Do you find yourself gaining weight during times of stress? Do you fear boredom because you know you'll simply eat to fill the time? These are just some of the symptoms of emotional overeating. If you think you may suffer from this relatively common eating disorder, here are some signs and symptoms that may help you identify whether or not this is what you're struggling with. Mindless Eating If you have a binge eating disorder or emotional overeating problem, you may stuff food in and not even really taste it or realize what you're doing. It's as though you are "out of it" and just mindlessly stuffing food into your mouth. Feelings of Guilt and Shame Many people with emotional overeating disorders feel really embarrassed and hateful of themselves after…
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