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Overeating? Pay Attention to Your Emotions

Have you ever faced that awkward moment when you have just had breakfast and actually feel packed but wait! What do these cookies do on the table? Hm… I feel

7 months ago

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Have you ever faced that awkward moment when you have just had breakfast and actually feel packed but wait! What do these cookies do on the table? Hm… I feel like I need to try a little piece. And then everything is all kind of a blur and you are hoovering up the second pack of crisps you bought for an evening with friends.

Emotions. Our brain has a direct connection with our gut (that’s actually where “gut feeling” comes from). Our digestive system has its own nervous system which is called our “ second brain”. When you are filled with such emotions as stress, depression, anger, anxiety, boredom, or loneliness, your second brain tells us we need to fill this void. What is the fastest method to fill something that is extremely deep and dark? Food. That’s how overeating begins.

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But don’t panic — you’re not the first and definitely not the last person who suffers from tucking into everything that is in your kitchen. Our life is filled with events that somehow can trigger bad emotions. Sometimes we travel not as much as those guys from IG, sometimes our beloved one forgot to speak to us in our language of love, sometimes rain doesn’t intend to stop falling down. In this case, we have to be aware of where the root of the problem is hidden and act according to a cool plan written below.

Start writing down everything you eat. Once you see a list of 50 meals you consumed in one day, the desire to eat ice cream before going to bed will simply vanish. Describe your feelings when you eat. Do you actually feel the taste of the food?

Check whether you’re really hungry. Mostly, when overeating, you don’t wanna eat. Try to control this feeling and start eating only when your belly says it’s time.

Get rid of boredom and find support. Change your location if possible, ask friends to spend more time with you, take your love for a walk, or plan a short trip, and finally book that hotel on the top of the mountains. You need more emotions, so do everything to find them somewhere except for the food. At first, it might be hard, I know… But then you’ll get used to enjoying people, events, days, moments.

Have healthy snacks and don’t stay hungry for a long time. Don’t deprive yourself and allow yourself to eat something you love in small portions. Try to enjoy healthy food. You need to understand that by eating healthy, you say your body so needed Thank You. Over time, you’ll learn to listen to your body. Let’s be honest: when you overeat, you feel really bad and devastating even if your stomach is packed. Overeating is like a drug: you can enjoy it only for a short period of time. What comes next is unpleasant well-being, sickness, and excess weight. Nothing more.

Anna A

Published 7 months ago