Do YOU emotionally over eat? STOP getting FAT!







Do YOU emotionally over eat? Emotional overeating is when we use food (usually high fat, sugary, comfort foods) to stop uncomfortable feelings such as anger, fear, stress, sadness or loneliness. We turn to food for comfort not sustenance. To avoid negative emotions, we overeat. Researchers estimate 75% of overeating is due to emotions we don’t want to feel.

Emotional overeating can cause obesity and lead to a food addiction. Learning to solve problems and how to feel emotions and release them is key to prevent emotional overeating.

We need to find ways to experience feeling good, to feel less stress besides eating. Thankfully, there are many ways to do this.

Tips to stop emotional eating:

  1. Reduce the stress in your life.
  2. Be Conscious. What am I feeling? What am I truly feeling? Boredom, anger, lonely, etc.
  3. Meditate.
  4. Take a physical movement class (ZENgevity, Yoga, Zumba, Step, Tai Chi).
  5. Talk to a friend.
  6. Read a good book, look at a magazine.
  7. Play music. Dance around the house.
  8. Write a blog post.
  9. Keep a diary for your feelings.
  10. Create a Visual Journal for your feelings.
  11. Play a game with a friend or online.
  12. Take a walk or run.
  13. Do some housework.
  14. Paint a picture.
  15. Go out to the movies.

Lots of ways to distract ourselves from emotional eating. Next time we talk about ways to stop emotional eating with our food choices.

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WHY can’t we lose weight? What keeps us stuck?

Losing weight is a very individual, complex issue.     14636248_s

There is a veritable epidemic of obesity in this country and around the world. It is a well-researched and proven fact that being overweight not only leads to health complications, it actually shortens your life span. The American Heart Association (AHA) has officially declared obesity as a risk factor for heart ailments. Studies conducted by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) over a 3 year period show that being overweight can increase risk of:

• Cancers – breast, prostate, uterus, colon
• Heart problems
• Diabetes
• Hypertension
• Depression
• Osteoarthritis
• Psychological disorders including depression, low self-esteem and eating disorders

It is easy to see from the above list that a good many of the life threatening health problems we face are from being overweight. In order to avoid becoming seriously ill, it is very important to shed the excess pounds and start living a healthy life, no matter how old you are and before it is too late.

In recent news, medical experts are saying the younger baby boomers and those following will more than likely have a shorter life span than their parents. The high numbers of obesity in the Boomer population is causing this report. If you want to increase your life span, you must make healthy lifestyle changes now! You need to eat healthy, maintain a healthy weight and exercise that is the best prevention!

We make all the promises again. “I will start my diet tomorrow; I am going to go to the gym or sign up for Weight Watchers today.” The promises get made and never fulfilled. We are not bad people. Some of us are not even in denial nor do we delude ourselves.
We feel optimistic that someday things will change. Or, we feel guilt, thinking it will never change. There is always the next day for a new beginning. Some people start that new beginning every day and never get complete. Whatever goal they have (lose weight, exercise more, spend less money, get a different job, etc.) never happens. The more we “try” to change, the less we change. Change happens as we accept.

And, the question is…fanfare here…WHY can’t we lose weight, change that job, etc.? What keeps us stuck? That is the question!

When we face that question with honesty, truth and integrity with ourselves, we truly begin the change.

What do you need to change to live longer, feel better and prevent health issues?

What’s keeping you stuck?

Let us know below in the comments section.

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