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.
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 USUALLY CORRECT IMBALANCES
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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.
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On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food in relation to qualities (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.
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.