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Food, emotions and weight gain: What's the link?

 

posted by Focused on December 7, 2009 @ 8:14 pm in HEALTH

 

Food is an important part of our lives for obvious reasons. One is required to eat a certain amount of food in order to function properly. How much is one supposed to eat? That minimum requirement is different for each person. This is due to factors such as an individual’s activity level, build and age. It is essential for one to be aware of what his or her nutritional requirements are in order to avoid weight problems. The term ‘weight problem’ refers to whether someone is overweight or underweight. Weight has become a major concern for an increasing amount of people around the world. Why? Many studies have been conducted to identify the causes and solutions for weight problems. However, too many studies make the mistake of only studying the quantity and quality of the food one eats. What about one’s emotions?

 

Because of the soothing feeling that eating something provides, many people have adopted the intake of food as a way of dealing with their emotions. A person might eat something every time he or she feels sad or even when he or she feels euphoric. Although these emotions are on opposite ends of the spectrum (and might not occur frequently), it is very easy to fall into the trap of associating food with every other emotion that lies between those extremes. Do you systematically eat every time you feel nervous, angry, anxious or upbeat? If your answer to any part of that question is yes, please pay close attention to the following information. When such eating patterns become a habit, you make yourself extremely vulnerable to excessive weight gain and food disorders. Eating food to deal with various emotions can lead to a situation where one eats all the time. After a while, one might not even know whether one is actually hungry or simply feeling overwhelmed by an emotion. What can one do about this?

 

One should see food for what it really is: fuel, a source of energy for our body. Does this mean that we should stop enjoying delicious food? Absolutely not! Seeing food as fuel for one’s system to function makes one more conscious of what one eats and how much one eats. By no means should this consciousness be confused as a call to ignore one’s taste buds. Food is a vital part of our life and we should therefore enjoy it. The goal of this consciousness is for one to be more in tune with one’s needs. Being in tune with one’s needs is a necessary step towards the attainment of one’s ideal weight.

 

Many might see shifting one’s consciousness with regards to food as asking for too much. It is not that bad. Think about it. Would you keep pumping gas into your car even if the tank were full? Would you pour gas onto the backseat of your vehicle because you feel that something is wrong with the steering wheel? The same principle applies to your body, which happens to be a lot more precious. If this outlook on food is new or problematic to you, you need not worry. See it simply as… food for thought.

 

 

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Comment by Focused on December 8, 2009 @ 5:08 am
@divinelyfavoured, managing emotions is key as that is something that we constantly have to deal with. If you face the root of the problem, you are guaranteed to have the upper hand in any situation.

 

Comment by divinelyfavoured on December 8, 2009 @ 1:56 am
It's definitely a question of how one views food generally, how one views his or her body and how tenacious one is. You eat in order to survive, not the other way around and you only get one body. I think generally people know this but when emotions and psychological problems set in and you don't have the tenacity to manage those emotions and remain stoic throughout, that's when people get caught up in turning to food as a way to handle it all: numbing the pain, keeping calm, celebrating a victory, etc. I think a major part of the answer to this problem lies in managing your emotions. You learn to manage your emotions, you manage your weight.

Be blessed

 

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