Fresh italian salad with mozzarella cheese

Emotions have an incredible power to influence our food choices – usually in the opposite direction of health.

If you’re an emotionally driven eater, you might use comfort food to soothe stress.

Overeating can be an expression of anger turned inward. How is your eating affected when you’re irritated or angry?

You’re standing in line to order your morning coffee and your eye falls on the glass case of sticky pastries..

If the want rating is higher than the need rating, then take a pause as you may be acting on an emotional urge rather than a need to refuel.

Manage it in a positive way – write down how you feel, call someone to talk it out or go for a run. You have options, you just need to pick one.

Food companies use words such as “silky”, “succulent” and “home-style” to evoke specific emotions such as pleasure, comfort and nostalgia. Such emotive words hit us in the gut and shape our food choices.
Using food from time to time when stressed or to celebrate isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But when eating is your primary emotional coping mechanism—when your first impulse is to open the refrigerator whenever you’re upset, angry, lonely, stressed, exhausted, or bored—you get stuck in an unhealthy cycle where the real feeling or problem is never addressed.

It usually makes you feel worse. Afterward, not only does the original emotional issue remain, but you also feel guilty for overeating. Learning to recognize your emotional eating triggers is the first step to breaking free from food cravings and compulsive overeating.

There are two hormones in your body that regulate normal feelings of hunger and fullness. Ghrelin stimulates appetite, while leptin sends signals to the brain when you are full. However, when don’t get the sleep you need, your ghrelin levels go up, stimulating your appetite so you want more food than normal, and your leptin levels go down, meaning you don’t feel satisfied and want to keep eating. So, the more sleep you skip, the more food your body will crave.

To control your appetite and reduce food cravings, try to get plenty of rest—about eight hours of quality sleep every night. Also exercise help reducing stressed events and effects.


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