Here you can learn how to stop emotional eating or overeating. Thinking about eating driven by negative emotions means thinking about emotions. Emotional overeating is an emotional disorder or imbalance that can have serious negative consequences on your health and cause weight gain or hinder weight loss. Further down the page we show you the cure. In addition, if you wish to, you can take a test further down this page and then learn about the cure.
Some emotions are positive (good, pleasant), and some are negative (bad, unpleasant). Emotional overeating is usually caused by using food to try to outweigh negative emotions. Here you can learn how to break free and achieve a better body forever!
Negative emotions and emotional eating
Emotions are important.
Many people value positive emotions so much that they believe they are intimately connected to the meanings of our lives.
For example, the positive emotions generated by the love they share with family and friends sustain many people in troubled times.
On the other hand, some people who commit suicide do so because they feel overwhelmed by negative emotions and cannot find any other exit to their suffering.
Unfortunately, many people are slaves to their emotions. Many of us constantly try to savor and hoard positive emotions, while trying to protect ourselves from negative emotions.
Emotions are important, but over-eating is a symptom that we often don't deal well with our emotions. Though it is impossible to preserve positive emotions and to prevent negative emotions, many of us continue to pretend that it is possible. Unbalanced eating is just one outcome of this pretense.
Emotional eating is a symptom of an underlying problem.
It often leads to weight gain and hinders weight loss. Learning how to flourish emotionally eliminates emotional eating as well as other problems caused by negative emotions such as fear, anger, or loneliness.
An analogy may be helpful here.
Aging is unavoidable. If we dwell on our vanished youthfulness, we'll just make ourselves miserable. We certainly won't retard aging. Here's the key realization: it's not aging that bothers us; rather, it's our thoughts and evaluations about aging that bother us.
Isn't it better to make peace with reality than to resist the inevitable? Instead of becoming angry, depressed, or resorting to overeating, we can resolve to age as well as possible by learning how to let go of the thoughts that torment us.
Unlike aging, emotional eating is not inevitable. We can use emotional overeating as an opportunity to improve our life emotionally. There's no reason to get stuck with emotional eating.
Take the test and then the cure
How can you tell if you are suffering from emotional eating? Since emotions poison clear thinking, it may be difficult to recognize that you are.
Positive answers to any of the following questions may be an indication of a difficulty:
Our minds are not separate from our bodies.
Chemical imbalances in our brains can cause emotional instability. However, this can be rectified.
The emotional eating cure
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It is only by accepting emotions and understanding how to dissolve them that flourishing emotionally becomes possible. This is the way to end emotional suffering automatically.
Since emotional overeating is a habitual behavior, eliminating its cause automatically eliminates the need for it. It is our choice: we can remain slaves to our emotions or we can do what is required to free ourselves from their tyranny.
Overeating is not the problem; rather, it's a consequence of the problem. It's caused by not understanding how to dissolve the emotions that cause the eating problem. So, understanding how to dissolve emotions and regain balance permits emotional flourishing, diminishes emotional suffering, stops emotional overeating, and enables you to lose weight.
Meditation may help
Meditation is the art of freeing yourself from compulsive thinking. Without realizing it, we are addicted to incessant thinking. Since thinking is usually about the past or the future, it pulls us away from present moment awareness. That separation creates suffering. That suffering causes emotional eating as well as other problems such as racing mind insomnia, low self esteem, and unnecessarily difficult interpersonal relationships.
If your brain is healthy and you would like to understand how to dissolve emotional suffering of all kinds, we also recommend teaching yourself how to meditate, which you can easily do in the privacy of your own home. Anyone can overcome emotional over-eating in order to lose weight by learning formal meditation. That's just one benefit of freeing yourself from compulsive thinking.
Consider the question, "What is an emotion?" You might think that psychologists long ago figured out the answer, but the astounding truth is that they have not. With the exception of Richard Lazarus, most psychologists seem not even to be looking in the right direction. So, unfortunately, much advice they give about emotional flourishing is very poor.
Without first understanding emotions, it is hard to understand how to cure emotional suffering. Fortunately, beginning with Jean-Paul Sartre, recent philosophers have understood that emotions are our own doings: essentially, they are evaluative judgments that have a specific purpose.
Emotions can poison our lives. How can they be mastered? They can be dissolved by meditating correctly, which is a middle way between venting them and ignoring them. It is by following that middle way that you'll diminish your emotional suffering and its consequences. Treating this eating habit effectively requires learning how to dissolve the emotions that cause it. Meditation is a great way to manage stress. If you are too stressed, your levels of the hormone cortisol will be too high. That promotes abdominal fat storage. See the Meditation section of our website, listed on the site map/index.
Why be too stressed? Why be too fat?
For many years we provided an email series about emotions and greater emotional tranquility. However, for multiple reasons, we recently removed it. A sufficient reason was that, although it was clear, it was too brief. Emotions are important. A more thorough understanding of them is very helpful when it comes to flourishing emotionally. Each of the books recommended above is much more thorough.
They are also inexpensive -- usually just $2.99 in e-book format, which does not, incidentally require a separate e-book reader because free software is available from Amazon from reading it on your computer's monitor.
Highly recommended books for this subject
If you gained useful information from this page and wish to improve your eating habits further and gain control, for either optimum health, or weight loss, , the following books are highly recommended.
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