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Three Ways to Curb Emotional Eating

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Does the term “emotional eating” resonate with you? Are you fighting to relieve tension and reduce portion sizes? A system of research shows that mindfulness-based techniques can help to reduce the anxiety that leads to the mental eating we participate in when we’re feeling overwhelmed, but not always hungry.

Everyone eats for comfort every once in a while. You may crave ice cream if you’re stressed, salty chips when you’re bored, or chocolate if you’re feeling hormonal. Occasional emotional eating isn’t necessarily a problem, but it can become one if it becomes the habitual.

Overeating comfort foods can cause blood sugar imbalances, increased inflammation, and weight gain, all of which can lead to serious chronic diseases. Emotional eating also prevents you from dealing with sadness, anxiety, and anger. Food becomes a drug to numb negative emotionsCredits: 3 Ways to Curb Emotional Eating | Wellness Today

Mindfulness practices originate in Buddhism, but have been adopted by Western physicians and psychologists. They focus on helping us to be completely aware of what’s going on in the present. Mindfulness can help with stress and depression and enhance overall feelings of confidence and well-being.

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For Californian Diana Wehbe, 28, food was always an escape to dodge stressful situations. When her now-ex used to criticize her, Diana’s already shaky self-esteem crumbled even further. “If you let people stay in your life for a long time, you start to believe the negative things they say to you,” she says. “In a sense, I was eating my feelings—fast food was the worst for me.” Back then, Diana exercised regularly—by swimming, hiking, and doing CrossFit—but when the results came slower than she wanted, she turned to food to quell her frustration. “I didn’t feel good working out,” she says, “so to make myself feel better [about my body], I would eat.” Diana, who stands at 5’9,” knows her unhealthy relationship with food was the reason she weighed 275 pounds by July 2012. Credits: Success Story: How One Woman Stopped Emotional Eating and …

Slow Down. At one meal every day, set for 20 minutes and try to eat to make your food last. Savor the flavors and consider everything that went into making the meal possible, from earth, rain, and sun to the grocery store worker who stocked the shelves. Take small bites and chew your food well. This can help you to relish your food. Since it takes about 20 minutes for the belly to signal the brain when it’s complete, it’s more easy to overeat should you hurry through a meal. Taking your meal additionally raises senses of satisfaction, which can deter noshing later.

Take a Breath. In a silent area, sit for a couple of minutes, close your eyes, and concentrate on your breathing. Sense your breath coming in and going out. Thoughts only let them pass by, will pop into your head, but instead of focusing on them and return your attention to your breath. Research has shown that our awareness is heightened by doing this once or twice per day on a regular basis and helps us to better tune in to sensations of exhaustion, thirst, hunger, frustrations, and loneliness. When we’re with our feelings, we are less inclined to solve non- by eating hunger difficulties.

Begin a journal in which you jot down several things that you’re thankful for each day. These can be small (you did not miss your bus!) To huge (having a spouse who loves you). Even on the most demanding of days, it is not impossible to find something good to reflect upon, like a glimpse of bright sky or a hug from a buddy. This exercise enables us to feel gratitude and positive feelings. Lots of people prefer to write in their journal at bedtime, but any time of day can work. And as a bonus, when you’re having a hard day, you can look back through your journal and smile all over again.

On any given day, people all over the world start diets with the best of intentions. At the same time, just as many people discover that sometimes good intentions aren’t enough. Overcoming hunger is difficult on the best of days; when you’re feeling unhappy, that difficulty multiplies. Pure forskolin is a newly approved appetite suppressant that may hold the key to overcoming emotional eating. Credits: Some Pure Natural Forskolin Reviews Say It Can Curb Emotional …

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