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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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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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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How To Stop Emotional Eating

Diet, Stress Management, Weight gain
Emotional eating is when food is used to soothe with difficult emotions. It is one of the most common ways that people use to feel better when undergoing a stressor or when faced with uncomfortable emotions. Eating as a way of coping with problems is common and yet it is easy to forget that the eating of comfort foods doesn’t ever solve the real underlying issues. You will still be left with negative emotions and will add to that the guilt you feel because you over-ate. There are some coping strategies you can use to feel better that doesn’t include the eating of unhealthy foods. Here are some things you can do to stop emotional eating: • Because emotional eating is usually about eating certain kinds of “comfort foods,” choose…
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Emotions That Lead To Overeating

Diet, Stress Management, Weight gain
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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Emotional Overeating and Weight Gain

Diet, Stress Management, Weight gain
Are You Gaining Weight Because of Emotional Overeating? Weight gain is frustrating enough, but when you can't seem to identify the cause(s) of it, the frustration is compounded. Emotional overeating is a somewhat sneaky problem - because it can involve mindless eating, it's the sort of thing that can occur without you realizing it. If you are having trouble figuring out what's causing your weight gain, here are some tips on identifying emotional overeating (as opposed to just overeating). Seemingly Unexplainable Weight Gain If you are gaining weight and you can't seem to figure out why, this is (ironically) a sign that the problem may lie with emotional overeating. As noted above, you often don't know you're doing it when it comes to emotional overeating. You may even be working…
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Stress Eating

Diet, Nutrition, Stress Management, Weight gain
6 Tips To Avoid Stress Eating It’s fair to say that many people turn to food when they are feeling stressed out. It’s a problem for a lot of us, and unfortunately the additional calories we binge on during those stress eats just leave us feeling worse than we did before. Anyone who has experienced stress eating knows that it isn’t about hunger, it’s about emotions. There is an emotional void inside, or something agitating us that leads to eating in an attempt to soothe that upset. While some people might be nauseated by food during stress, there are so many that seek comfort in it. Unfortunately, it’s never broccoli or celery sticks that we crave, it’s the unhealthy options that catch our eye. Long term stress results in the…
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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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About Food Addiction Part 2

Diet, Nutrition, Stress Management, Weight gain, Weight Loss
Part 2 of this article on food addiction continues our discussion on the many complex issues revolving around this topic. Signs and Symptoms of A Food Addiction As discussed, there are many causes, signs and symptoms of a food addiction. These differences can make it difficult to detect a pattern, so it is often misdiagnosed as some other problem. That having been said, the following behaviors or symptoms are often a sign that you have developed an addiction to a particular food, or an entire class of foods. • You experience irritability, restlessness and digestive disorders related to your eating sessions • Low energy levels, chronic fatigue and a difficulty concentrating and focusing • You will go unreasonably out of your way to get your hands on certain food •…
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About Food Addiction Part 1

Diet, Nutrition, Weight gain, Weight Loss
Many or most people, regardless of their weight, can expound theories and facts regarding weight loss but few will address it as possible food addiction. Experts abound, yet obesity weights continue to soar. It is one thing to understand the theory of maintaining a healthy weight, but another to fully understand the physiological and emotional drivers that are mostly responsible for being overweight. Even having a complete and full understanding of this is no guarantee of healthy weight – there are plenty of overweight health professionals, so education is only part of the answer. Unless the emotional reasons for continually gaining weight are understood, addressed, absorbed, and reconciled or overcome, weight balance will be an ongoing battle. This article on food addiction will give some insight into eating disorders, and…
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