Did you know that you actually have a relationship with food? If you’re like most people the thought probably never have occurred to you. Your relationship with food is very intimate. There is something very near and dear to you. I say this because it speaks volumes as to if you are struggling with your weight or if you live on your perfect weight.
Many of our feelings about food are rooted in us from our childhood. You remember hearing any of these statements as a child?
* Eat this and you’ll feel better
* You are not leaving the table until you clean up your plate
* He is a good eater just like his father
* Clean up the rest of this because I do not want any leftovers
* You will make Grandma feel bad if you do not eat
I know I’ve heard many of the above statements. We were all told things in our childhood that was not necessarily true when it comes to food. Because of this began our relationship with food on a false pretext. One of the key lessons we have learned in childhood is that food equals comfort. If we were sad angry sick or some different feelings we often comforted with food. So our relationship to food began with associations that were not necessarily accurate.
As you grew into adulthood you may have handled various personal conflicts and other traumatic events and you may have turned to food for comfort and emotional satisfaction. If you did you’re not alone. Most people have used food in this way more times than we want to admit
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Anytime you. . eat because of something you feel as opposed to hunger it is called emotional eating. This type of eating can occur anytime during the day. For many people emotional eating is the primary reason that they are overweight. If you have been unwilling to address the issue of emotional eating by yourself get this problem under control can lead to massive weight loss.
If you answer yes to any of the following questions you may be an emotional eater. . . .
1. Do you eat to comfort yourself in stressful situations?
2. Do you keep eating long after you feel full?
3. Do you eat because you are bored or lonely?
4. Do you eat because of trouble or unrest in your life?
To understand emotional eating we need to back up and think about the real reason we eat in the first place. The main reason we eat is because the body needs fuel to function properly. Your body does not care about our feelings it just needs food to survive. So if our relationship with food is more about emotions we feel than fuel for our bodies when we have a wrong relationship with food.
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If you want to change from emotional eating to eat on purpose you must first be aware of what you put in your mouth. You must be willing to question why you eat. Is it because of hunger or because you are bored upset or angry? To begin to eliminate emotional eating first you need to. . . .
? Organize eat. . . eating intentionally. Eat at regular times and when you’re hungry.
? Make eating a conscious activity. . . . not while driving down the road or in front of television.
? Listen to your body. You will soon be able to tell the difference between physical and emotional hunger.
? Change undesirable behavior one episode at a time.
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Once you know the difference between emotional eating and eating intentionally or knowingly eat you just made the biggest step in your weight loss journey. This may mean making some lifestyle changes but you will feel so much better when you’re back in control. Weight loss will be easy when you know why you eat. You will then be able to say: I have a healthy relationship with food”!
Tips and Warnings
emotional eating is the primary reason most people are overweight
The only reason to eat is to give our body fuel to operate
Be conscious of what you put in your mouth
Veit loss becomes easy when you know why you eat”