I sat down for dinner a couple of nights ago and half way through dinner I realized that I was shoveling food down as if there was no tomorrow. That’s just my way of saying I was eating mindlessly and oblivious to the taste, sight, smell and texture of the food. After a couple of deep breaths I started to eat more slowly so I could enjoy the experience of eating. That also gave me thinking space to reflect on what was happening and I realized that I was eating mindlessly as I was feeling frazzled after a stressful week! Furthermore, although mindful comfort eating can be a way of coping with stress, I noticed that mindless comfort eating was not very self soothing and seemed to heighten the experience of stress.
Trying to maintain your health and weight when life is throwing some major life stresses at you (such as the death of a loved one, work redundancy, relationship breakdown etc) is challenging to say the least! While some people lose weight in times of major life stress, many others tend to put on weight as comfort eating increases and physical activity decreases. Adding to this, the hormone cortisol is released in higher amounts at times of stress and this tends to slow down metabolism leading to weight gain.
2009-2010 was a period in my life where I seem to experience many major life stresses that really took a toll on my health. It would be nice to think that no further major stresses will occur in my life and I’ll go on to live happily ever after, free from stress; however, reality seeps in and tells me that major life stresses are inevitable and will occur at some point in the future – here’s hoping it’s just not all at once!
So how do you maintain your sanity and health and when going through major life stress?
Self Care, Self Care, Self Care! A common theme I have noticed in many people when they are going through major life stress, is they tend to reduce or completely stop engaging in activities they need to do to allow themselves to sooth their distress. For example, many people stop going out with friends, or they stop eating well, or they stop exercising or stop doing things that they normally give them pleasure. Looking after yourself is important at any time and in times of major life stress it is even more essential to engage in self care. Continue reading How to Maintain Your Health and Eating Habits In Times Of Major Life Stress
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:
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.
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.