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Written by John Immel
If you find yourself seeking food whenever you feel distressed or uneasy, gently bring awareness to your habits without judging or berating yourself. Begin by noticing the difference between true belly hunger and emotional hunger. Investigate how you are feeling each time you reach for a snack.
The kinds of food you crave indicate what's going on internally and can serve as a good guide to help you uncover the roots of emotional eating. Think about the personalities of the foods you are drawn to in the whirlwind of emotions: is eating sugar an attempt to feel sweeter or more energized? Are you drawn to crunchy, spicy foods when angry and upset? Do you reach for chocolate when you want more passion, or nuts when you need grounding?When you are feeling guilt ridden or ashamed because of emotional eating, it's important to remember that emotional eating is an adaptive strategy. In most cases, your body may be trying to calm itself down through the soothing medicine of food. Your body is doing the best it can to help you, which at the core is a very good, nurturing impulse. Instead of getting angry with yourself for eating emotionally, search for healthier ways to express yourself and your feelings. Exercising, journalling, or talking to a friend are all good strategies that actually help you address your emotions instead of masking them with food.
Food is supposed to energize you. Refined wheat and sugar do just the opposite. Given the dramatic side effects these foods have on the blood, they are often the cause of the very same emotions you are trying to medicate with food. If you are tired due to stress and adrenal fatigue, a sugar rush will alleviate your symptoms briefly, only to make you crash 15 minutes later. Try to notice when you are truly hungry, and when you are eating due to adrenal fatigue.
And, if you do decide to eat something for an emotional reason such as anger, sadness, upset, celebration, or joy, it is better to take the time to recognize and honor that you are eating for emotional reasons than to do so unconsciously. That is healthy and normal, and you can make up for it later by adjusting your diet as prescribed by Ayurveda.
Imbalance AccumulatesImproper food and lifestyle causes balances to accumulate. Ayurveda shows you exactly which doshas and qualities will accumulate in your body. Once these doshas and qualities accumulate too much, they will begin to cause disease. You can reduce an imbalanced dosha or quality by removing things that aggravate it from your diet and lifestyle.
'Emotional eating' is likely to aggravate the following doshas and qualities.If you have a systemic imbalance of one of these doshas or qualities, Ayurveda would generally recommend removing, substitute or lessen the frequency of Emotional eating.
Key: V = Vata, P = Pitta, K = Kapha. A slash through a dosha means it an aggravated dosha. To learn more about the symbols above, click on them.
Correct ImbalanceFood and lifestyle habite with the following effects may reduce imbalances associated with 'Emotional eating'.
Please review these herbs & products below to determine which ones might be helpful for Emotional eating.
|Black Beans||Dandelion Leaves|
|Red Leaf Lettuce||Red Lentils (Masoor Dal)|
|Feel overweight||Trying to lose weight|
|Frequent snacking||Irregular meal times|
|Strong food cravings||Eating after 8pm|
|Low self esteem||Low energy|
|Overwhelmed by responsibilities||Stress overeater|
|Trauma-induced overeating||Eat when lonely / depressed|
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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