Emotional Eating Disorder -- how to stop
Emotions are normal.
Here you can learn how to stop an emotional eating disorder.
Emotional overeating is an emotional disorder or imbalance that can have negative consequences on your health and weight. Further down the page, we show you the cure. In addition, you can take a test further down this page whilst learning about the cure.
Some emotions are positive (good, pleasant), and some are negative (bad, unpleasant). Emotional or comfort eating is usually caused by using food to try to outweigh negative emotions.
Here you can learn how to break free and achieve a better mind and body forever!
Negative emotions and comfort 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. We try to attach to emotional highs, and we struggle to endure and prevent emotional lows. It is this fundamental mindset that sets the stage for emotional overeating, which comes from not understanding how to dissolve negative 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 or comfort eating is a symptom of an underlying problem.
It often leads to weight gain and hinders weight loss. Learning how to flourish emotionally eliminates comfort eating as well as other problems caused by negative emotions such as fear, anger, or loneliness.
An analogy may be helpful here
For example, and this is just one example, suppose that growing older makes us sad. The skin on our faces has lost the bloom of youth. Well, what are we going to do about growing older? We cannot stop ourselves from growing older! We may not like it. At times it may upset us emotionally; it may stimulate us to overindulge on comfort foods.
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 or comfort eating 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.
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 habitual behavior, eliminating its cause automatically eliminates the need for it. 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 enables emotional balance, while diminishing emotional suffering and stopping an emotional eating disorder, comfort eating, or compulsive overeating.
Meditation can 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 can cause an emotional eating disorder 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 any form of comfort eating by learning formal meditation. That's just one benefit of freeing yourself from compulsive thinking.
An emotional eating cure
Here is our recommended number 1 bestseller for emotional eating, compulsive overeating, food cravings, or food addiction. The book is available at Amazon, in either Kindle or paperback form.
COMPULSIVE OVEREATING HELP: HOW YOU CAN STOP FOOD CRAVINGS, FOOD ADDICTION, OR EMOTIONAL EATING IN 6 SIMPLE STEPS! by DR. D. E. Bradford
The book has a number one bestseller badge at Amazon. You can view it via the Amazon.com link below if you wish and read more about it.
It is also available at Amazon.co.uk
Highly recommended books for this subject
The books are available at some good bookstores, especially Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, usually in Kindle and paperback form, sometimes as hardbacks. If you found this page informative, these books are excellent further reading suggestions.
On most pages of our website, we aim to recommend the very best books available according to the topic of each page. We endeavor to make the best suggestions based on experience and our many years of work and research in the fields of health and fitness
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