How does emotional eating develop?
Emotional eating is a form of eating that is conducted in relation to various negative emotions (boredom, anger, frustration, guilt, hatred, low self.esteem and more) or positive (joy, pleasure and more). Also in specific cases like fatigue, headache, or any other pain, the desire to feel relief increases – our brain chooses the easiest solution for it, and food is definitely an immediate and accessible option.
Emotional eating is done as a snack throughout the day, with nothing to do with physical hunger. Usually do not eat much in one meal, but eat irregularly, every once in a while, when the goal is to change the momentary state of consciousness, with the help of the empty carbohydrate that will raise the sugar levels in the body and create a kind of momentary relief in the brain.
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How does emotional eating affect our lives?
Many people talk about emotional eating and yet many people still do not know exactly how an action that seems very marginal – ‘just snacking during the day’, can affect a person’s whole life and determine what his life will look like physically and mentally. Physically, emotional eating causes weight gain. The rate of weight gain is quite moderate, which means that very consistently the person can add at least 1 kg each month to his weight so maybe it is less noticeable at first. Less attention until suddenly we realize that we have added 5.10 kg to our body weight.
Mentally the situation is worse – emotional eating will determine our mood, our self.confidence, the degree of fulfillment in our lives, and whether we will be dissatisfied, procrastinating, angry and more importantly, desperate. Emotional eating will determine whether we will live our lives out of fulfillment, joy and pleasure or whether we will live our lives out of anger and self.frustration.
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How to deal with emotional eating?
Unlike bulimia, anorexia and binge eating, emotional eating is not defined as a mental disorder and the way to break free from this pattern of behavior is much easier.
To deal with emotional eating we need to understand the circle it creates in our lives. Our brain rewards us for our performance and our degree of success in execution, meaning that every time we do something and succeed in it, our brain will transmit to us that we have high self.efficacy, as a result our self.belief will increase and so will our self.confidence. A person with high self.confidence will be motivated to do things, take risks, publish projects, dare and fulfill himself.
why? Because he believes in himself. He knows he can, that he is equal, that he is capable, so that the same person will perform his tasks and not reject them because he knows that his chance of success is high. This means that every action of success leads to another action of success and thus slowly and confidently the person builds his self.confidence, his abilities, and fulfills himself.
In addition, a person who defeats emotional eating learns to reject immediate gratification and acts according to delayed gratification. And the gain is huge because instant gratification causes us to operate in the here and now without any consideration for the future, which can lead us to food addiction, shopping or anything that has immediate gratification. If you ask the emotional eaters they are usually addicted to other things, as opposed to a person who manages to overcome the emotional eating and acts according to the delayed satisfaction. He knows that the actions he is doing for himself today will bear fruit in the future and so he is persistent in doing those actions.
One can easily see that emotional eating directly affects behavior patterns and actually creates the character of a procrastinating person, who pursues immediate satisfaction and is willing to give up his future to feel relief in the here and now. The chances of falling into more addictions are very high and hence the way down to the place of anger, frustration and depression is very fast.
In order to treat emotional eating it is necessary to identify the emotions and feelings that drive the person, to learn techniques of self.control and satisfaction management. In small steps we overcome the emotions and thoughts that lead us to self.destruction.
Betty Edri Schramm, method developer ORB For emotional and naturopathic training, she is one of dozens of lecturers who will participate At the “Eat Healthy 12” conference ThatIt will take place on November 18.19 at the Givatayim Theater