Do you constantly seek solace in food; eat to fill an emotional void; and/or get a certain “high” from overeating? If you’ve nodded to any of these, then you’re an emotional eater. It is very common (esp. for women, and overweight folks), and easy to stop doing once you know why you’re doing it. I recently read an interesting WSJ piece on why women overeat, and what it would take for people to start taking the issue seriously. Emotional eating, or overeating, is
the addiction of choice of “carers,” and that’s why it’s come to be regarded as the lowest-ranking of all the addictions. It’s a way of screwing yourself up while still remaining fully functional, because you have to. Fat people aren’t indulging in the “luxury” of their addiction, making them useless, chaotic or a burden. Instead, they are slowly self-destructing in a way that doesn’t inconvenience anyone. And that is why it’s so often a woman’s addiction of choice.
It is easy to break this addiction once you understand both the psychological (above) and the physiological reasons. Simple carbs and foods that are high in unhealthy animal fats increase your blood sugar which eventually crashes. And then your body craves more.; and usually a higher amount to get the same “high.” And the vicious cycle continues…and the weight just piles up.
The best and easiest way to break the addiction is to plan your meals and increase physical activity. I recommend making your meals very regularized and consistently healthy. I have regular meals which makes it hard for me to stray or overeat. I am an ardent believer in exercise as the fix for almost all health areas. It is a great stress reliever, so I recommend replacing food with exercise every time you feel down. So instead of piling on the weight, you can relieve stress and burn calories 🙂 Be healthy for yourself and those you care about. And now is the best time to start!
Please share your experience/or tips you may have for dealing with this issue.