WHAT DOES IT DO TO YOU? HOW CAN YOU MINIMIZE NEGATIVE EFFECTS?
Are you prone to a problem with 'Emotional eating'?
Step 1: Be CuriousIf you find yourself seeking food whenever you feel distressed or uneasy, gently bring awareness to your habits. Begin by noticing the difference between true belly hunger and emotional hunger. Investigate how you are feeling each time you reach for a snack. Is your stomach growling? Does it feel empty indicating true hunger? Or are you simply looking for a way to ease your current state of distress?
If you do not feel truly hungry, think about some other ways you can meet your emotional needs and regain your sense of calm, without turning to food. A stroll around your local park, calling a friend, or a short self-massage (abhyanga) will help redirect your focus away from emotional food choices. Also, be curious about the source of your emotional upset. Is it a looming work deadline making you feel under pressure? Did you have an argument with a family member last week that's still bothering you? Taking the time to reflect on and deal with emotional concerns can greatly reduce your desire to eat emotionally as you are getting to the root of the issue.
Step 2: Find the Type of Foods You are Craving
Examining your cravings, specifically the kinds of food you crave, can give an indication into what's going on internally. It can also serve as a good guide to help you uncover the roots of your emotional eating pattern. Think about the qualities of the foods you tend to indulge in when emotionally eating: is eating sugar an attempt to feel sweeter or more energized? Are you drawn to crunchy or spicy foods to give you a pick-me-up when you're feeling down or depressed? Do you reach for chocolate when you want more passion, or nuts when you need grounding?
Step 3: Redirect
Food is supposed to energize you. Refined wheat and sugar, some of the most common foods people turn to when eating emotionally, 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. While comfort food may provide you with some relief in the short term, these ingredients keep you stuck in a cycle of emotional eating.
Step 4: Eat Slowly
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. Try and take your time when you are eating. Enjoy the food that is providing you with comfort and support, instead of rushing through it as quickly as possible. Eating these foods at a rapid pace will likely lead to digestive discomfort like gas and bloating, as your stomach struggles to breakdown chunks of improperly chewed food. As mentioned previously, it is normal to enjoy food for comfort once in a while, but slowing down and savoring your meal will prevent mindless eating.
Follow This 7 Step Plan
If find yourself eating emotionally on a regular basis, it can start to feel like you will never be able to overcome this pattern. There are, however, many Ayurvedic tools you can use for support as you make positive change. Follow this easy 7 Step Plan to Stop Food Cravings & Overeating, whenever you have an unruly craving. Take note of which steps work best for you, and implement whenever you feel the need to eat for emotional reasons.
Understanding emotional eating is tricky business. On the one hand, it really does make you feel better in the moment. That piece of gooey chocolate cake or second serving of creamy pasta seem to dissolve your stress, fear, and uncertainty, at least for a while. But don't be fooled by these short term gains. In the long run, indulging in these sugar spiking foods as a coping mechanism will keep you stuck in a cycle of emotional eating, and leave you feeling worse than you did to being with.
Overcoming emotional eating can be a lengthy process, so be kind and patient with yourself throughout. Simply waking up one day and saying to yourself, "That's it, I am done with this eating behavior," generally has little to no impact. Instead, treat each time you eat emotionally as a learning experience. Ask yourself, what triggered you to eat emotionally? What foods did you go for, and why do you think you chose them? What could you do differently next time? Leave the guilt aside and begin to implement the steps above for lasting freedom from emotional eating.
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DIET FOR IMBALANCES RELATED TO 'EMOTIONAL EATING'Augment your diet with these specially chosen ingredients below which may be useful for 'Emotional eating'. 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 'EMOTIONAL EATING'
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WHAT IMBALANCES CAN IT CAUSE?
AGGRAVATES THESE DOSHAS & QUALITIES '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'.
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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FAVOR DIETS, LIFESTYLES & HERBS WITH THESE MEDICINAL EFFECTSEverything 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 'Emotional eating', 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.
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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.
ADDRESS ISSUES IN STAGE OF DISEASE 0EMOTIONAL EATING IS IN STAGE OF DISEASE 0 - POTENTIAL CAUSE
Potential 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.
REDUCE THESE RELATED SYMPTOMS & HABITSThe following symptoms & habits may be related to 'Emotional eating'. 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.
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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.
Comments & Personal ExperiencesWhat are some of the reasons why you include 'emotional eating' in your life? Is there something you'd like to know about 'emotional eating'?
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Excellent discussion of this important topic.
Sounds like you have a solid routine that works for you! For some, however, emotional eating goes beyond nutritional deficiencies and reflects deeper issues. Thanks for your comment!