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How Your Feelings Fuel Food Addiction. A Toronto Naturopathic Doctor’s Expert Opinion

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There are all sorts of emotions that can affect our wellness and this includes worry, fear, anger, grief, sadness and guilt. Feeling that you are not accepted, a personal failure or that you are being overwhelmed by large financial burdens can all weigh on his heavily and in turn cause us to gain weight.

The bottom line is that who we are is always in a delicate balance between chemistry and energy and when any type of energy, even if it is just emotional, becomes blocked and we can become addicted to emotional eating.

What is Emotional Eating?

Emotional eating refers to people who eat because of the way they feel rather than when they are hungry. Many people who overeat do so because they become obsessed with overeating a certain type of food. They associated gorging on this food with nurturing oneself. Yet others eat of anger or in defiance of someone who wants them to go on a diet. Some overeating behaviours are almost vengeful; the person is “biting back” at a world that they feel is swallowing them whole.
Some overeating behaviours are almost vengeful; the person is “biting back” at a world that they feel is swallowing them whole.Stuffing Your Anger

Many people overeat because they are “stuffing your anger.” When we are infuriated we want to fill our mouths with something warm, salty and chewy. This relates to the primal drive in us that evolutionary biologists say goes way back to our caveman days where we associated eating raw fresh kill with comfort. It is a very primal hard-wired urge that can help soothe us when we feel deprived. Many studies have shown that people who go on diets that are too strict do not tend to stick to themIn essence, you are an emotional eater if you find yourself using the eating of food (usually too much food or fatty, sweet and salty foods) to cope with the usual stresses of life. Many people eat every time they experience a rush in adrenalin. They will give themselves the permission to break their diet because they associate the concept of celebrating with food with achievement. This means that even extremely happy moments can lead a person to stray from their diet. Despite the fact that there are other ways of producing these feel good chemicals in our brains such as exercising, getting out to see friends and indulging in hobbies we like, many of us still become addicted to food. Eating fatty, salty and sweet foods are there surest ways to change our brain chemical composition so that we feel good” However the “high” does not last long and like an addict, we eat some more to get another hit of escapism through being a foodie.

By the way, at the Pinewood natural health centre here in Toronto, we have seen meditation and exercise can go along way towards satiating the dissatisfaction that seems to come with going on a vegan diet at first.So if you can, it is best to try and deal with your emotional eating disorders and issues in other ways and consult with a dietician or naturopaathic doctor who can help you with this issue, which if left unchecked can lead to all kinds of health problems. For more information or to book a consultation about anti-aging, diet and weight loss programs or any health issue you may be experiencing, visit the Pinewood Natural Health Clinic website that has a list of full services and products at www.pinewood.ca or call our Toronto Office at (416)-656- 8100. We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. You can also email us at info@pinewoodhealth.ca and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services and Toronto weight loss care.

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