Stress Induced Eating

Mental Wellness, Mindset, Stress Management, Weight gain
Are You Stress Eating? Stress… we all deal with it. It’s unavoidable in fact but there are ways to cope with it and lessen its effects on our minds and habits that form as a result. Eating is a coping mechanism for stress because when we eat something (Especially satisfying) just to eat it, it is a sure sign of stress eating. Let’s delve further into the issues of emotional eating and pinpoint exactly why we stress eat and how to stop doing it! Why We Turn To Food? A survey conducted by the American Psychological Association found that about one-fourth of Americans rated their stress levels at about 8, with a 10 showing the most stress. It’s a pretty discouraging statistic as we all know stress is no fun…
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Your Relationship With Food

Diet, Mental Wellness, Mindset, Nutrition
Is Food Your Friend or Foe? Many people have a complicated relationship with food, for different reasons - concerns about health and physical appearance, and feelings and memories associated with food. However, where you stand in regards to food is not always clear. Finding out where you stand is the first step towards a healthier, more fulfilling relationship with food. Friend It's very common for parents to use unhealthy foods to motivate their children to do something - from eating their veggies to finishing their homework or cleaning their room. And although parents mean no harm, many people continue to associate unhealthy foods as rewards when they grow older. According to a 2016 study from Aston University, another consequence of using food as a reward in children is emotional eating…
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Recovery For Emotional Eaters

Mental Wellness, Mindset
Emotional Eaters Can Recover & Learn to Eat Right For emotional eaters, eating becomes disconnected from food or hunger. It becomes about soothing or suppressing emotions. It becomes a mechanism to regulate emotions, avoid unpleasant feelings or uplift your mood. This is mainly why most people fail at dieting; we feel bad, we eat to make it better, then we feel guilty for eating too much – a vicious cycle. Here are some of the most common causes emotional eaters deal with: • To fill a void in your life • You don’t have time for yourself • You use food for comfort when you’re stress, overwhelmed or powerless • To overcome low self-esteem, depression or loneliness • Lack of healthy coping skills for emotions • Lack of health ways…
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Creating Mental Well-being

Mental Wellness, Mindset, Positivity
6 Healthy Coping Mechanisms for Difficult Emotions Mental well-being plays a crucial role in our daily behavior, viewpoint and feelings. When we’re coping with difficult emotions, we have a hard time dealing with stress, overcoming challenges and building relationships. It doesn’t matter how healthy, happy or resilient you may be, there are times in our lives when we’re faced with difficult experiences that may become too much for us to handle. And at times we try to work through it, other times we simply avoid whatever is bothering us, leaving it to fester and bubble inside. While it may be easier to just bury it all, it’s more productive if you accept them as a natural part of life. A crucial part of actually dealing with emotions is acknowledging them…
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Mental Health And Eating Disorders

Diet, Mental Wellness, Nutrition
Eating disorders are some of the most serious mental health issues. According to National Eating Disorders Association, 20 million women and 10 million men will suffer from an eating disorder. And unfortunately, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate among psychiatric conditions. Although the exact cause of eating disorders is still unknown, experts believe they result from a combination of psychological, emotional, genetic, and environmental factors. Even though eating disorders are more commonly associated with teenage girls, more and more men, older women, and children are being diagnosed. For instance, one-third of all eating disorder patients are male, according to a 2007 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If eating disorders are no longer specific to a certain demographic, who is at risk of developing it? Keep…
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Causes Of Overeating

Diet, Mental Wellness, Nutrition
The Connection Between Self-Worth And Overeating Like any other eating disorder, overeating and binge eating don't have one single cause. Instead, they're the result of genetic, emotional, psychological, and environmental factors. In the United States, 2.8 million people are affected with binge eating disorder and it is the most common eating disorder in that country, according to the website Healthline. Compulsive overeating and binge eating disorder may start slow. In many cases, it starts with mindless eating in front of the computer or television. However, it may become a habit rooted in deeper issues you need to address. The National Center for Eating Disorders notes a few common factors among binge eating disorder patients - they struggle with assertiveness and often put their own needs last, they crave approval from…
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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 affect 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. Bearing grave…
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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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What Is Night Eating Syndrome

Diet, Mental Wellness, Stress Management, Weight gain
When eating disorders are brought to mind, most people think of anorexia and bulimia. There are others, including Night Eating Syndrome, or NES. This disorder is far more prevalent than most realize. As with most eating disorders, sufferers are very secretive; the nocturnal aspect makes this even more so. Physical and emotional health can be severely compromised by this condition, as it disrupts not only healthy eating, but also sleep patterns. Its disruptive and damaging effects are not limited to the evening, but affect almost every aspect of a person’s life. In this short report on excessive nighttime food consumption that can lead to dramatic health problems, we will take a look at exactly what night eating syndrome is, and what causes it. You will learn the symptoms and complications…
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Emotions That Lead To Overeating

Diet, Mental Wellness, Mindset, Nutrition
Healthy Ways To Deal With Emotions That Lead To Overeating Ideally, we eat when we receive signals from the brain that tell us we are hungry and we stop eating when other signals tell us we have reached a point of satiety. The signals cause the hormone, ghrelin, to be released by the stomach. Our “hunger hormone” increases one’s appetite. When we have eaten enough, the hormone called leptin is released by fat cells, telling us we our full so we stop eating. The different levels of these two hormones are how our hunger and satiety cycle should be controlled. Unfortunately, people who eat emotionally override these hormones and instead eat because they are sad, lonely, empty, angry, or anxious. In such cases, eating has become a tool to help…
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