Food and Emotions

Everyone has an emotional relationship with food!  No one is immune to it.  Emotions and food can cause us to overeat and make it almost impossible to lose weight.  It is like a vicious circle – the stronger our emotional attachment is the harder it is to manage a healthy diet.  This article will explore the various types of emotional eating you may be prone to.  Identifying your specific type can help you take hold of the situation and get it under control.

Frist, there are roller coaster eaters.  These people love high sugar or high caffeine foods for the energy spurts they give you but hate the crash that follows.  They repeat this cycle repeatedly.

The tyrant eaters beat themselves up with food because they are mad at themselves for doing something they regret.  Eating is self-punishing.

The go-go eaters don’t have time to sit down and eat a well-thought-out, healthy meal and grab food on the go.    They are the take-out kings.

The see-it, eat it eaters eat everything in sight and can eat all day long without really thinking about it.  Eating has become a habit whether they are hungry or not.

The stressed-out eater is one who eats if they are under stress and are not thinking accurately.  They can eat mega portions of food, especially with a high fat content.

The penny-pincher eater doesn’t want to throw way food because it is “wasteful.”  Instead of food going in the trash, it all goes in them!

The tick-tock eater eats when they have nothing else to do and can use eating as an excuse to not do chores or other responsibilities.  They may also eat to give them a chance to think about what their next move will be.

The hiding beauty eater is self-conscious about their image and has a hard time entering into relationships.  They “hide” themselves in food.

The relief eater goes for comfort food.  They eat to feel good and change negative emotions they may be experiencing, such as sadness, depression, etc.

And lastly, the give-it-up eater is the one who has tried diets time and again, but nothing seems to work.  They make up their mind to enjoy eating and don’t care about trying any longer. 

What kind of a relationship do you have with food?  If you think you fall into one or more of the above categories and would like to work on developing a better relationship with food, visit the practitioners at Healing Arts Center.  We offer hypnotherapy, acupuncture, counseling, and many other avenues to help get you back on track and have a healthy (and enjoyable!) relationship with food!  Call today for your complimentary consult!

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