Emotional Eating & Coronavirus
Are you concerned about the virus?
Do you wonder what is to come?
Is all the concern and worry over the coronavirus causing you to rely on emotional eating for comfort?
Emotional eating can hit very suddenly out of nowhere.
However, during these times as we hear about more businesses shutting down, stay-at-home orders rolling out and everything going on across the world, it is not hard to see where emotional eating may become prevalent.
Dangers of Emotional Eating
There a number of unhealthy habits that can develop over time if eating activities aren’t monitored closely. One very easy unhealthy habit to fall into is emotional eating. This can go unnoticed because it’s not widely thought of as dangerous compared to life-threatening habits such as illegal drug use, and many say they can simply “exercise more later,” but can eating habits really be a danger to you? We’ll be exploring some of these in the following article.
You Tend to Eat Unhealthy Food
Emotional eating usually hits very suddenly out of nowhere and seeks out specific cravings to be filled. Often times these powerful cravings are for sugar and fat-filled snacks because of the powerful rush that is experienced after consumption. Seeking out comfort food or food that is connected with positive or nostalgic feelings has been common practice for all of recorded history. Many snack foods (especially candy and baked goods) are associated with memories of fun times or loved ones. Some children develop early obesity when they learn this type of self-soothing. The methods that are used to produce foods of these types typically contain high levels of salt, sugars, fats, and preservative agents.
It is an Unhealthy Way to Cope with Emotions
Emotional eating is often used as a way to avoid dealing with complex emotions. Not every trigger will be the same for each person. Triggers can include a range of emotions and feelings including anxiety, boredom, loneliness, sadness, and even joy. The emotional danger is the continued neglect of the real reasons behind these emotions. A feeling of shame or guilt might follow binges. Hiding the behavior from friends or family can make this especially true. A vicious cycle can develop when a person uses eating as a way to escape or distract themselves from reality. For example, a person who seeks food to cope with stress will create a paradox where weight-related health issues arise, and the chosen coping method is food.
Weight-Related Health Risks
Emotional eating can cause devastating health problems. Beyond the difficulties surrounding obesity, these could include many other health issues. Among these are diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and anxiety. There can also be digestive problems, menstrual problems, and depression. If you are overeating and appear to be experiencing any of these health problems, emotional eating is likely to be a significant factor. Most frightening of all, some of these diseases have dangerous side effects. Unfortunately, these could interfere with medical responder’s efforts to carry out life-saving procedures. Heart disease and diabetes can also weaken the organs and immune system, leaving you susceptible to infectious diseases as well.
There is Help For Emotional Eating
If your emotions are pushing you t do things you would not normally do there is help. You could work with a Holistic Life Coach, such as myself. We specialize in helping you to gain control of your eating while also working through the catalyst behind that eating. There is also the possibility of working with a Licensed Therapist. Journaling, meditation, and other mind-body practices can be of help. There are also supplements that can be of great help such as CBD for mood or our special blend that also includes boosters for burning fat and losing weight.
No matter what you need, the most important thing is to ask for help.
Tell me, if you tend to eat your emotions, what can you see changing for you if you were no longer an emotional eater?
Elise Ho, Ph.D., D.N.Psy
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