How You Feel Affects Your Eating Habits
I read the excerpt below on Mary Carrillo’s website about our relationship with food and how it affects our eating habits, and wanted to share her article on eating habits with you. Mary explains how our feelings can impact how much as well as what we eat.
I can’t help but notice certain mentalities around me. I have worked directly with all sorts of different people … people who have lost over 100 lbs and now have a fear of food … people who need to lose 100 lbs and can’t stop eating … people who need to gain 20 lbs but never seem to be hungry … people who are 50 lbs overweight, yet they do not eat…
Mary’s Bio: I’m passionate about helping people feel better. I want people to know that it is possible to attain the health that gives them the strength to move without pain. Most people have no idea how good their bodies are designed to feel.
Mary has a lot of experience in the field of nutrition. Please note that with some knowledge and determination, your eating habits can change for the best. You might also enjoy her other articles too at 323fitness.wordpress.com.
Separating our Feelings From our Food
I can’t help but notice certain mentalities around me. I have worked directly with all sorts of different people for over a year now and feel I have learned so much about the human mentality and perception of “health”.
I have worked with people who have lost over 100 lbs and now have a fear of food, I have worked with people who need to lose 100 lbs and can’t stop eating. I have worked with people who need to gain 20 lbs but never seem to be hungry enough to eat. I have worked with people who are 50 lbs overweight, yet they do not eat. I have worked with people who have mental illness and continually lie about what they eat, I have worked with people who refuse to acknowledge that they are overweight. I have worked with people who refuse to acknowledge that they are underweight. I have worked with people who are of a normal weight and body fat percentage yet they see themselves as grotesquely large and fat.
Eating Disorders Are More Common Than You Think
Every single person that I mentioned above has one very dangerous thing in common. They all battle eating disorders. Eating disorders are not only in the form of Anorexia/Bulimia. And, coming strictly from what I see day-to-day, I would say that those are 2 of the most uncommon eating disorders. Sugar addiction, overeating, fear of food, and binge eating are the disorders I see most. Unfortunately, we don’t think of them as eating disorders.
When someone is anorexic everybody knows it’s an issue and when someone is legitimately and completely addicted to sugar, nobody bats an eye. And that is a problem. When someone eats 1 small meal a day for years, nobody bats an eye. When someone consumes over 6x’s the recommended amount of sugar in their diet, nobody bats an eye. When someone sneaks food and eats in secret because they don’t want anybody to see, nobody bats an eye. When somebody doesn’t “feel” hungry for 8 hours straight, nobody bats an eye.
These are dangerous habits and they aren’t just physical. They are mental. Food is such a mental thing in America. It seems we can’t separate our feelings from our food. The mentality that I see all around me says; ” I feel sad, eat. I feel happy, eat. I feel bored, eat. OR; I feel angry, I can’t eat. I feel tired, I won’t eat. I feel depressed, I didn’t eat.
You Can Change Your Eating Habits
For the sake of our health, we must learn to separate our feelings from our food. Food is energy and function. Food is meant to be ENJOYED in a reasonable way. Our taste buds should come second to the needs of our bodies. Until we admit that there is a problem with these mentalities and behaviors than nothing will ever change.
Change has to start with you.
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