Unfortunately, many people eat for the wrong reasons. They have a destructive habit of emotional eating. They use food as an emotional support. They eat out of an inability to process the difficult emotions they might be experiencing. They eat out of emotional, rather than physical needs.
"It's no secret that we use food as a medication for our acute emotional problems...The reality is that a good number of us with weight problems have emotional issues that run deeper than the middle of the Pacific and we try to satisfy our need for a higher power by self-medicating with food."
Dr. Roger Gould, author of the book and online program called
says that if you are eating for reward or reward, you are turning on your "hunger switch" and you'll never be able to lose weight.
It is clear that for those of us who struggle with emotional eating, we need to find a way to deal with runaway emotions that cause us to eat when we're not hungry.
I admit that many times I eat for the wrong reasons. Many people eat to eliminate anxiety or be a source of comfort when they are depressed. Sometimes it results in
emotional eating or "binge eating".
Or it could be a sign of having a
low serotonin level.
In that case, you should see a doctor about your emotional eating issues. Be aware that the doctor may prescribe an anti-depressant to treat your symptoms.
Emotions are given to us by God, both positive feelings and negative feelings. How we deal with these emotions is key to staying emotionally balanced and not reaching for food to provide comfort or soothe our wounded feelings.
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Help for the Hurting
When we turn to food for comfort instead of God, we are looking for a solution to our problems on the level of this physical world or what we can do for ourselves through our own abilities. This is called �living according to the flesh.� The results in the case of emotional eating are that we gain weight when we use food in a way that it wasn�t meant to be used.
God calls us to be �living according to the Spirit.� This occurs when you rely on the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit to help you during the difficult times of your life.
Calling on God for help when you are stressed, depressed, overwhelmed, tired, angry, hurt or bored acknowledges your total reliance on Him and releases the power of God in your life to heal you, comfort you and change your heart. To know more about living life in the Spirit versus life in the flesh, read Philippians 8:5-6.
"Lose it for Life",
written by Stephen Arterburn, M. Ed. and Dr. Linda Mintle, is a support program designed to work with other diet plans like South Beach and Weight Watchers or you can use it along with your own healthy eating and exercise plan.
The "Lose It For Life" website