Is it Food Addiction or Simply a Case of Emotional Eating?

Is it Food Addiction or Simply a Case of Emotional Eating?

“If hunger is not the problem, food is not the answer”

Excerpted from What, Exactly, Is Emotional Eating? | A Black Girl’s Guide To Weight Loss

This is a real problem to a lot of people and I am not ashamed to say that I am one of them. I am addicted to carbs and it is taking one hell of a lot to get it under control, together with my emotional eating this can become a perfect storm, turning into a  high calorie, high carb, high sugar blow out! So what is happening when I have one of these blow outs, am I suffering from emotional eating or just an addiction to certain food types?

Food can become a way to cope with emotional matters, and the repetition of this coping mechanism can breed an addiction. By using food as a means to deal with anxiety, stress, grief, and the like, the body becomes conditioned to crave that process to feel relief.

People often associate pleasure with foods that contain fat, sugar and salt. As innocent as it may seem, this starts at a young age when candy and soda are given as a “treat” or “reward” for good behavior, grades or a celebration. Research studies have shown the reward centers of the brain to light up and release dopamine when pleasurable foods are consumed. Could this be that we’ve conditioned our bodies to react this way? The following is a great way to explain what is happening to us when we feel compelled to eat when not hungry, its from another blog by Erika, she feels that this is what compels us to believe that emotional eating is the answer.

Once upon a time, in a land not very far from your home… lived mankind. No fast cars, no shiny structures, no skyscrapers, nothing. Just man.. rock… and animals.

See, this worked for man because his only task was to hunt wildlife, and gather his kill for his family. That was his responsibility. His purpose was to bring the salt and fat from the animal to the family. Not work, not bills… just hunt. Because life was much simpler then, this was man’s sole source of stress.

One day, man could not hunt. Every time he threw his spear, he’d miss his prey. He just couldn’t catch SQUAT! His family was to go hungry and he just… he couldn’t take it. The stress started to build up inside of him.

Because stress about the inability to eat is the only source of stress for man, his body became used to the eventual chain of events. His body knows: Lots of stress = lack of food coming in. How did his body react? His body decided to hold on to what it had – by way of diminishing the amount of energy his body could exert all at one time, by way of making sure his body took a very long time to lose weight, by way of making sure it held onto every pound and fat cell it could. This bodily reaction would only further compel man to step up his hunting skills… why? Because he didn’t want to feel that way! He didn’t want his family to feel that way! He had to get his caveman hustle on! When man was finally able to tackle that antelope or whatever-what-have-you, the fats and salts in the meat were sooooo satisfying that they would cure man of the bodily reaction to stress.

Compare this to emotional eating. The body’s reaction doesn’t change no matter what variables you swap out. Regardless if the stress comes from traffic, bad work day, or family problems… the body’s reaction to stress has not evolved as fast as society has. Now, we can get food within ten minutes if we drive or own a microwave. So presuming our body believes that stress is caused by a “famine on the way,” then it’s going to trigger feelings to make you go hunt! Our bodies just don’t know how easy it is to get food just yet. It hasn’t caught up.

Excerpted from Telling A Tale of Stress and Emotional Eating | A Black Girl’s Guide To Weight Loss

Cllick the links below to read more –

 5 Steps to Take Control of Food Addiction | MyFitnessPal

What exactly is emotional eating

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15 Simple Hacks for Eating Less Sugar | MyFitnessPal

All it takes is one Google search to confirm that too much sugar is bad for you. We hear it all the time that we need to eat less sugar. But with the current state of the food label it can be very confusing and hard to identify how much sugar we are actually eating. Obesity rates are on the rise and sugar sweetened beverages have undoubtedly taken the heat, but that’s only the short story. Leading researchers are finding that added sugars such as high fructose corn syrup might be the causing the liver to work overtime leading to

Source: 15 Simple Hacks for Eating Less Sugar | MyFitnessPal

The Four Pillars of Living Well with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – European Medical Journal

This is a great piece written by Russell Winwood he lives in Australia and has only 27% lung function himself. Have a peak at his site it is all on the link within the piece that he has written. Hope I can get as well eventually

When you read the words “Living well with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,” the first thought that may spring to mind is “You have to be kidding!” How can this phrase be used with a progressive disease that impacts overall health and quality of life so significantly?

Source: The Four Pillars of Living Well with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – European Medical Journal

Why do Low Carb Diets Work? The Mechanism Explained

I am trying this but do you realise how many foods have carbs in them? Also you have to stick to about 45 carbs a day and this is easier said than done its taking a bit of getting used to but I must admit my sugar readings are going right down!

  • Semi-skimmed milk per cup has 5 carbs in it
  • A nice healthy mushroom and tomato omelette has 26 carbs in it!

You can see from above that you can soon use up 45 carbs in one day. AND there are good carbs and bad carbs which I haven’t even looked into yet. Below is a great page that explains how a low carb diet works. At least I have now got to grips with that.

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Low carb diets can cause 2-3 times as much weight loss as low fat diets. However, the mechanism behind this effect is still debated among scientists to continue reading see the link below –

Why do Low Carb Diets Work? The Mechanism Explained

Drying WASHING indoors could ‘harm your health’ | Daily Mail Online

Aspergillosis

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For anyone with asthma, COPD or a weakened immune system this is worth reading its a great piece which also has a video on it too. Experts have found that clothes put on drying frames or draped over warm radiators raise moisture levels in our homes by up to 30 per cent, creating ideal breeding conditions for mould spores – and one in particular called aspergillus fumigatus, which can cause potentially fatal lung infections.

Drying Washing Indoors is Bad for Asthma and COPD – Great video on the page too.

Drying WASHING indoors could ‘harm your health’ | Daily Mail Online