Is emotional eating always as "emotional" as it seems?We suggest not...
Those of you who have passed through the diet industry will identify strongly with the idea that you are an “emotional eater”. Someone who reaches for food to combat stress, anxiety or sadness; someone who turns to food for comfort, or for whom food is love. Sound familiar? You're in good company. Take a look at these ten famous emotional eaters and their "stories" There’s a whole industry out there determined to prove that you have psychological “issues” around eating and that you are going to have to work hard to make a difference.
We say this is a “diet myth”. And we ask you to pause for a minute and tell us why it is so advantageous to the food and diet industry to have you caught up in this thought? We ask, is emotional eating always as “emotional” as it seems?
Let’s take someone who eats a highly refined carbohydrate diet and for whom blood sugar instability is an issue. When blood sugar levels drop, our bodies respond by secreting stress hormones – like adrenaline (the fight or flight hormone) and one side effect of this is increased anxiety…..Low blood sugar levels can trigger mood changes. Low blood sugar levels can cause cravings for those foods that will push sugar quickly back into the blood stream: doughnuts, white bread, biscuits, chocolate and overeating or binge eating is likely to ensue.
But WHAT caused the craving? What caused the overeating? What caused the low mood? What caused the anxiety? Was it emotions or was it the drop in blood sugar and the physiological response it triggered in your body?
We say it’s easy to write a story around your life that will keep you stuck in a sad place for far too long. Many of us truly believe that we are emotional eaters : the vast majority of us are not. Why do we say this? Because experience has shown that when an “emotional eater” turns to a paleo diet, unstable blood sugar becomes a thing of the past, the mind is calmed and the “emotional eating” issue simply disappears. So the best way to stop emotional eating is to try what we say and see for yourself.