EAT WHEN LONELY / DEPRESSED
WHAT DOES IT DO TO YOU? HOW CAN YOU MINIMIZE NEGATIVE EFFECTS?
Are you prone to a problem with 'Eat when lonely / depressed'?
Part of what makes loneliness unbearable is the aspect of mystery in it. When you are alone, you may not know how and where you can find human connection, and feel your self-esteem quickly wither before the enigma. When you feel like you are unloved or alone, there is a kind of gaping hole within your core. It can be tempting to try to fill a gnawing hole of loneliness or depression with food.
At first glance, food seems a perfect antidote. The comfort and richness it offers seems to restore a sense of well-being. Food appears to nourish your need for love, and oppose the dryness of loneliness. Unfortunately, eating when lonely can be habit forming because food only temporarily calms these feelings of despair. When the food is gone, the loneliness and sadness remain. Food is not the warmth of physical touch, however it nurtures you in other ways.
Society tends to view pain, even when it's emotional, as something to get rid of or diminish. Doctors will even prescribe "pain-killers" and anti-depressants which suppress discomfort without addressing the cause of the pain. Once the effect has worn off, the discomfort returns. The same holds true with emotions like depression and loneliness; eating may relieve your discomfort, but loneliness persists after the food sedation has worn off.
Learning to love your emotions is nature's best painkiller. To love is to pay attention and to listen with tenderness, without attempting to avoid or hide from your feelings. Love isn't afraid to feel uncomfortable emotions like loneliness or depression, but rather listens openly and is willing to experience raw discomfort fully. Developing this kind of care for your own brokenness is, of course, easier said than done. It may take years for you to develop the strength to bear suffering and emotional struggle without overeating, especially if you have spent much of your life in opposition to discomfort.
Just like feelings of sadness, anger, joy, or adoration, loneliness is not forever. The sensation comes and goes. It is only when you ignore your loneliness or stuff it away with food that it persists and does not complete its cycle of coming and going. An act of hope, even in the face of loneliness and other difficult emotions, can be a more authentic source of strength than food in times of despair. Hope, like love, is a verb. It's not just a feeling, but something you do actively. Once you are solidly rooted in a practice of hope and unshakeable faith, you will find the strength to face loneliness, and fully experience its temporary nature.
Loneliness isn't always psychological. Sometimes, you will feel extra lonely and isolated when certain organs are stressed out. For example, wheat may create congestion in the chest area that masks as loneliness. Sugar can aggravate yeast and other fungal infections, that distort your emotions and thinking process. Depression may come from a slow metabolism or sluggish digestion.
Sometimes, you can literally feel where the loneliness is lodged in your body. Try to notice these physical symptoms in the face of your emotions. Is there a heaviness in the chest? Are your prone to sighing? Are your energy levels low or are you experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of indigestion? Try an invigorating practice like pranayama (breathing exercises), or revitalizing your blood with a diet high in fresh, bitter greens.
Learning to discern the difference between true hunger and emotional hunger is also essential to healing this kind of relationship with food. Ayurveda suggests to eat only when you are truly hungry, and to minimize emotional eating. There are many ways to nurture yourself without food. Going for a walk, helping a friend, and even making a small donation to charity can bring the richness, warmth and affection you are seeking back into your life.
STAGE OF DISEASE 0 - POTENTIAL CAUSEPotential causes increase and disturb your imbalanced doshas and qualities, causing them to accumulate and spiral out of control. For example, if you're overheated and eat a chili pepper, heat may become excessive and cause disease. As a dosha or quality accumulates in your body according to your dietary and lifestyle habits, it is more and more likely to cause disease. You can reduce an imbalanced dosha or quality in two ways, by removing, or lessening the frequency of aggravating causes from your diet and lifestyle, as well as by favoring balancing diet and lifestyle practices. For example, try eating something as cool as a cucumber when you're overheated, instead of a chili pepper.
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REBALANCE YOUR BODY WITH DIET, LIFESTYLE & HERBS HAVING THESE QUALITIESEverything you eat has an effect on your body, which Ayurveda categorizes in a simple and easy way, using gunas. Gunas are qualities (like cold and hot) that describe the effect a food or herb has on your body. Cooling foods like cucumber, decrease metabolism. Heating foods like chili pepper, stimulate your body and increase metabolism. For 'Eat when lonely / depressed', you should select foods with the following qualities (gunas). Individual results will vary, based on your body type and the root cause of your imbalance. For best results, get a one on one consultation.
QUALITIES THAT MAY CORRECT IMBALANCESRELATED TO EAT WHEN LONELY / DEPRESSED
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FAVOR HERBS WITH THESE MEDICINAL PROPERTIESIngredient and herbs each have unique effects on the various organs of your body. Herbalists study these effects and categorize them, so it is easy to identify which foods and herbs are most helpful for your unique body type. Click on the medicinal properties below to learn more about them, and to figure out which recipes, ingredients and products will be a good match for you. Individual results will vary depending upon the root cause of your imbalance. The following medicinal properties are useful for a general case of 'Eat when lonely / depressed'. You must independently verify whether these medicinal properties address the root causes of your case of Eat when lonely / depressed.
APPETITE-SUPPRESSANTSuppresses hunger without causing weight gain
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
NERVINEHerbs that specifically go to the nervous system and brain. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer?s, even chronic pain.
DIET FOR IMBALANCES RELATED TO 'EAT WHEN LONELY / DEPRESSED'Augment your diet with these specially chosen ingredients below which may be useful for 'Eat when lonely / depressed'. Individual results vary depending the cause of your imbalance and by constitution. Please research the ingredients below to find which are most helpful for you, and check with your doctor before making any changes to your health and wellness routine.
PRODUCTS FOR IMBALANCES RELATED TO 'EAT WHEN LONELY / DEPRESSED'
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What Imbalances Can It Cause?
AGGRAVATES THESE DOSHAS & QUALITIES
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.
V = VATA, P = PITTA, K = KAPHA
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RELATED SYMPTOMS & HABITSThe following symptoms & habits may be related to 'Eat when lonely / depressed'. See your quiz results for a computerized assessment of your body type. Please click on the symptoms below to learn more about them.
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WHY IS AYURVEDA THE RIGHT SOLUTION?Ayurveda strengthens the body, in addition to addressing the disorder. It take a holistic, systemic approach, instead of myopically focusing on the disorder in question. Ayurveda shows a person how to interpret signs and symptoms of imbalance, and how to address them using materials from home, so they can optimize their health on a continual basis. You can't take the doctor home with you, but you can take Ayurveda home with you. Ayurveda is the most advanced and easy to use home system for self healing with an exceptional focus on digestion.
HOW DOES AYURVEDA WORK?Ayurveda starts by identifying your body type, which identifies certain tendencies in your body to get sick (as well as identifying your strengths). It uses body type to determine the likely root causes of your disorders. Next, Ayurveda analyzes the nature of your disorder. It fits all your signs and symptoms into a pattern, expressed as a combination of gunas / qualities. For example, you may have a heat disorder, a cold disorder, or an oily disorder, etc. This simple categorical approach shows you how to correct systemic imbalances and strengthen your body as a whole.
On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food so you can easily match food to your imbalances (gunas). By eating an optimal diet that balances your gunas, your whole body is strengthened and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies - such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance your healing.
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