Understanding Stress Eating
What’s your relationship with food? Has it become your only pleasure?
This month we talked about compulsive eating and how it can become your emotional crutches when you’re feeling powerless over negative emotions. Because you don’t feel capable of facing anger, loneliness, sadness, impatience, insecurity or fear head on, you avoid them with food.
Whether it’s boredom or intense emotion that drives you to eat, it turns into a habit of soothing yourself –while avoiding the real problem. The health consequences of food addiction range from emotional and social to physical difficulties.
Complications include: insomnia or sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, muscle/joint pain, gallbladder disease, gastrointestinal problems, and/or depression. Take a look at this short video to have an insider’s view of food addiction.
Just like other obsessive habits that reel out of control, stress eating is not only a personal problem; it affects people and family around us who care about us. Here’s an inspiring story of a recovered food-dependent.
Just keep in mind that you’re not alone in your struggle with food: overeating in industrial societies is indeed a rising problem. But on a personal level, no matter how powerless you feel over food/eating compulsions, there is HOPE. Change is possible for you.
There are healthier ways to deal with your emotions. If you need professional help in handling your eating issues, Jarvis Hypnotherapy has tools available to help you develop a healthy relationship with food.