Going Gluten Free For Emotional Eaters

Finally a program that recognizes the challenges that people go through when they are diagnosed with an illness, such as Coeliac Disease, where they have to make radical changes to their diet in order to improve their health.  Having to avoid any food group can be hard enough and is often the reason why people fail conventional diets, but when you really have to make the changes to your diet due to the impacts of the diet on a health condition, that can be very challenging indeed!  The “Going Gluten Free for Emotional Eaters’ program by Holly Noonan, is an invaluable program for those starting out on a Gluten Free diet. To find out more, just click on the ‘Click Here!’ link below:

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I’m upset…so I must have food to cheer me up.

The reasons why people overeat are varied and include lifestyle, physiological, social and psychological influences. What we think and the decisions we make about food have a major influence on our eating habits. Some of those thought patterns and decisions about food can assist us in maintaining our natural weight, others can be quite unhelpful and even destructive and can lead to overeating and unhealthy eating habits.

Personally, I have experienced many irrational and unhelpful thought patterns that have led to making decisions about food that were not supportive of healthful eating habits. I like to call it my ‘crazy diet thinking’. Continue reading I’m upset…so I must have food to cheer me up.

The Link Between Nutrition and Depression

It is not uncommon when someone is depressed to experience changes in their appetite, whether it be an increase or decrease in appetite, as well as general changes in the amount and quality of the food a person eats, such as eating more junk food and/or drinking more alcohol. In fact, appetite and weight change are one of the symptoms that health professionals use to make a diagnosis of depression in an individual.

Unfortunately, changes in a person’s diet are likely to further compound the intensity of the depression experienced and impede the recovery process. For example, eating more junk food is likely to increase a person’s level of fatigue and mood swings and lead to a decrease in concentration, decision making ability, self worth and activity levels. Food is obviously essential to good physical and mental health and wellbeing.  So it makes sense that consideration of a person’s diet and eating habits is adopted as part of the treatment regime for depression. Continue reading The Link Between Nutrition and Depression

Why Change Your Health Habits?

Most people have a tipping point when they realize a health habit is no longer serving them and a change is needed. Prior to taking the plunge to change the habit, it can be helpful to think of why you are wanting to change. That is, what are you trying to achieve, how will you be different if you make the change and what will be different about your health and overall wellbeing ?

If you know the reasons why you are trying to achieve something, it can help to keep you focused and on track. It’s often too easy when you reach a stumbling block in any change in habit, to lose faith that you can continue.  Knowing your why’s can give you that extra bit of motivation and focus to keep going and not let the stumbling blocks (which are bound to happen!) stop you from progressing further. Continue reading Why Change Your Health Habits?

Understanding Overeating

Over-estimating the under-rated rollercoaster of diets can lead to fatigue and hopelessness.

How much of our daily thoughts do we put into feeling overweight? Is it something we focus on too often?

Yet how much of our daily bread goes into our mouths and doesn’t quite make it to the first swallow before we fear how much this is going to cost the waist?

Eating, and it’s effects consume almost all senses:

  • smell started it
  • taste gets us wanting more
  • feel and texture  confirms that eating is a delightfully enjoyable experience

Yet it’s the senses that can become powerful instruments in developing a healthier relationship with food.

Healthy eating begins with a healthy and nurturing attitude towards out body – consistently.