Emotional eating is the practice of consuming large quantities of food, usually comfort food or junk food due to emotional feelings rather than hunger. Experts claim that 75% of overeating is caused by emotions. Many people learn growing up that food can bring comfort. We turn to food to heal emotional problems because it changes our physiological state. Any kind of situation we do not like to be in, we escape by eating (or smoking, or drinking, or taking drugs) that change our physiological state to a happier one.
Depression, boredom, loneliness, chronic anger, anxiety, frustration, stress, problems with relationships, and self-esteem issues all can result in overeating and weight gain. Overeating causes stress to the body, which causes the adrenals to release cortisol; it decreases DHEA, increases blood sugar levels, increases insulin, and increases the fat storing hormones instead of the fat burning ones you are trying to trigger.
How can you break yourself of the habit of emotional eating? First, identify eating triggers to help alter the emotional eating. Then develop alternatives to eating such as reading a good book or magazine or listening to music; going for a walk or jog; taking a bubble bath; doing deep breathing exercises ; playing cards or games; talking to a friend; doing housework, yard work or laundry; washing the car; writing a letter or any other pleasurable activity you enjoy that will decrease the urge to eat. These distractions will help to reprogram your thoughts and change your emotions towards food.
Another tool we use at Lean Healthy Life is Self-Mastery Technology, or SMT. We use SMT to change the way you think about food. What if a person could completely change his or her life in only 20 minutes a day? What if rewiring the brain to implement weight loss into one’s life was as simple as putting on a pair of headphones and a pari of special glasses? With SMT all of this is possible. Call our office or make sure and visit my free weekly seminar to learn more about how you too can break emotional eating.
We have had hundreds of success stories in our clinic. This week’s success is from Kristi.
“Before I started the 20 day cleanse I was suffering from all types of small annoying things that impaired my day to day activities just enough to feel sluggish/ bloated, my skin was blemished more times than not and I had that general feeling of wanting to come home after work and crash way before my day was through. I also had a large mass about 1 inch above my navel that was really beginning to concern me. Dr. Lane told me about a cleanse that could help my daily symptoms as well as my long term health goals. I was a bit skeptical at first but decided that I needed to give something a try. I have always admired and trusted Dr. Lane and have had much respect for his practice over that past several years. With the knowledge of a fantastic Dr. behind me and the science of a product that has a proven track record I ventured onward with the 20 day cleanse.
As I began the cleanse I noticed almost immediately (two days in) that the lump I have had above my belly button for nearly 6 months was now almost completely gone. If anything was my driving force behind continuing it was this shocking result. From that point I had 18 days to go, I was getting a little worried about how I was going to feel while on the liquid part of the diet but I pushed forward. To my surprise after day 5 I began to feel a renewed sense of self and a much needed energy boost that kept me feeling great all day long. I woke in the morning each day feeling refreshed and revitalized and continued throughout the day feeling awesome! At the end of the 20 days I went from 130 pounds to 121 pounds. My skin looks like it did 10 years ago free of blemishes, my nails are growing like crazy and my entire body feels like it has been through an inner body makeover.
What an excellent program, I would recommend it to anyone that lives in our toxic society! I am so thankful for this opportunity and to be a part of this great program. I feel renewed and amazing! Thank you Dr. Lane for my new outlook and start in life!”
Remember whether you are just trying to lose that extra weight or get over chronic health issues, take time to attend one of our free seminars on Wednesday evenings. Register or call our office and we will save a spot for you. For the next month I am giving every one who attends a copy of my new book, “Improve the Quality of Your Life – Why Live in Pain?” We look forward to seeing you.
Until next week, have the best week of your life. Just DECIDE too.