UNCONTROLLABLE COMPULSION TO EAT
WHAT DOES IT DO TO YOU? HOW CAN YOU MINIMIZE NEGATIVE EFFECTS?
Are you prone to a problem with 'Uncontrollable compulsion to eat'?
You might be tempted to believe that self-control is the only answer to a compulsive relationship with food. However, most compulsions have a story to tell. Listening to them is usually a more effective means to unravel their power and help you regain power. Try to understand what your compulsions are trying to communicate to you. Even if your compulsions seem pathological, they may be rooted in some legimate needs that needs to be discovered, and responded to.
There are several reasons one may feel an uncontrollable impulse to eat. Perhaps you have an overactive or hyperthyroid gland that is burning up your food immediately and leaving you with a ravenous, seemingly uncontrollable sensation of hunger. Another possibility is that you are simply not eating enough, or have irregular eating habits that confuse the body and lead to abnormal hunger cues. You might also be compelled to eat for emotional reasons, possibly using food as a distraction or mechanism of avoidance. Either way, compulsions can tell you about your mental and physical state.
A likely cause underlying a strong appetite for food is deprivation. When you restrict yourself and try to assert your will, your body is likely to rage back at you full-force. Many times, people who struggle with food will set rules for themselves (no sugar today, no food before noon, etc.) and then find themselves feeling frenzied and out of control later once they are around food. The more you try to restrict yourself, the more you find yourself pre-occupied with eating the very same thing. Harsh diets, restrictions, and rules confuse your body more than anything. When the body rebels, you'll feel the pain of self-defeat, and that scary feeling that you're out-of-control around food.
Ease up on your rules, maintain a regular eating schedule, and let your body self-regulate. Whenever you eat, pay attention. Remember how to the food makes you feel, so you can train your tongue.
When you feel an overwhelmingly strong compulsion to eat, take a moment to reflect. What does the compulsion feel like, emotionally and also physically? Where do you feel the tension and intensity in your body? Indulge slowly as well - fully tasting and experiencing the food. Eat slowly so your body has time to tell you how much it really wants. Trust your body to self-correct these compulsions when you bring mindfulness to your meals. Realizing and leaning into the discomfort, instead of trying to control it, may be your ticket to freedom.
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 'Uncontrollable compulsion to eat', 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 UNCONTROLLABLE COMPULSION TO EAT
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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 'Uncontrollable compulsion to eat'. You must independently verify whether these medicinal properties address the root causes of your case of Uncontrollable compulsion to eat.
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.
SEDATIVESedative herbs create a sense of calm in the mind and body by specifically calming or quieting the nervous system. Excellent for anxiety, stress and chronic pain.
DIET FOR IMBALANCES RELATED TO 'UNCONTROLLABLE COMPULSION TO EAT'Augment your diet with these specially chosen ingredients below which may be useful for 'Uncontrollable compulsion to eat'. 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 'UNCONTROLLABLE COMPULSION TO EAT'
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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 'Uncontrollable compulsion to eat'. 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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