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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Emotions And Junk Food

Diet, Nutrition
Is Junk Food Your Drug Of Choice? Just how far away is junk food eating from other forms of addiction, like the taking of illicit drugs or drinking too much alcohol? Not very far, say nutritionists and healthcare professionals. Eating junk food can lead to health problems and emotional problems that are not unlike any other addiction. Normally, when we eat, we take a signal in the form of “ghrelin”—a hormone secreted by the stomach in response to hunger. It tells the brain that it is time to eat. When the body receives enough food, the fat cells release “leptin”—also known as the satiety hormone. It tells your brain that you have eaten enough and you stop eating. People who use junk food as part of an abnormal eating pattern…
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Alternative Therapies for Emotional Overeating

Diet, Meditation, Natural Healing, Nutrition
Emotional overeating can make a person feel imprisoned - it can seem like there is no way out of the cycle of feeling sad, angry, anxious and so forth, and then eating to alleviate the emotional pain. There are treatments that are available, though - some of them conventional and some of them alternative. Conventional therapy, surgery, and medication have all been utilized at one time or another for the treatment of emotional overeating. There are, however, some alternative therapies that are worth exploring. Here are some of them. Hypnosis Because emotional overeating begins in the mind, hypnosis is said to be effective because it addresses the mind directly with the power of suggestion. Hypnosis is not the mumbo-jumbo stuff of cartoons and swinging pocket watches; it's a clinical practice…
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Can Loneliness Cause Emotional Overeating

Diet, Mindset, Nutrition
Too often, we eat in order to cope with unhealthy emotions. Emotional overeating starts when food starts to become the focus of our social life and we eat in order to feel better. Unfortunately, none ever eats carrots and lettuce behind their emotion; it is typically unhealthy junk food. This can lead to overeating, obesity, and all of the many complications of being obese. It also leads to emotional and sometimes even mental issues like major depression. Some people choose to eat because they are lonely. Loneliness and boredom can settle in when we don’t socialize with others and we believe that food will fill up the emptiness we feel. Technically, food does fill us up; however, it doesn’t fill us up in the way we would like it to.…
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Coping With Emotional Eating

Diet, Meditation, Nutrition
Emotional eating involves eating in order to cope with life’s stressors. We tend to eat more of the wrong foods when we are under a great deal of stress and we eat in order to cope with both the negative and positive influences in our lives. When we eat emotionally, we make bad food choices; we eat in order to feel better. There are a lot of stress-reduction techniques that can help you cope without overeating. For many emotional overeating is not simply an occasional occurrence, but in fact a chronic condition that can have devastating effects on wellbeing, self-esteem, body image, and physical health. Awareness The first step in combating this type of dysfunctional coping skill is awareness. Recognize when you are eating emotionally and try to understand which…
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Healthy Eating Habits

Diet, Nutrition
There is increasing evidence that what we put into our bodies plays as big a role in the presence or absence of disease than just about anything else. Those who engage in Healthy Eating Habits tend to have a longer life span and a better quality of life when compared to those who do not choose to eat healthy. One of the more common and harmful dysfunctional eating habits is emotional eating, or emotional overeating. This is something that many people have done in their lives on occasion, and for some it is commonplace and can lead to serious health consequences. Emotional eaters typically lack the coping skills necessary to deal with stress, pain, fear, and loneliness and so they use food as a drug to deal with them. Typically,…
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