How to Counter Emotional Eating with Mindfulness
We spend so many hours of our day feeling headless and, in the clouds, it’s no wonder why May has been dubbed “Mindful May”.
Ultimately, to avoid emotional eating, we have to become mindful of our thoughts, feelings and emotions and be willing to accept all emotions, even the uncomfortable ones.
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Mindfulness as defined by the oxford dictionary is “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”
Mindfulness teaches us to slow down, step back, take a deep breath and reconnect with the here and now.
One of the biggest tools I have learnt while recovering from emotional eating and two eating disorders was to become mindful of my thoughts, feelings, and body so that I could heal or address the real cause of my eating problems.
Using Mindfulness to Treat Binge Eating Disorders
Mindfulness is often overlooked as a strong tool to reduce comfort eating and many studies have shown great promise for using mindfulness as part of the treatment of eating disorder recovery.
According to neuroscience research, mindfulness practices dampen activity in our amygdala and increase the connections between the amygdala and prefrontal cortex. Both of these parts of the brain help us to be less reactive to stressors and to recover better from stress when we experience it
Benefits of mindfulness for emotional eaters
Mindfulness can lead to the reflection in true hunger , once the mind is in a calm space we can easily ask “Am I really hungry, or is there something else I need in this moment”, and “What am I feeling?”
Recognise your triggers
Being mindful will bring awareness to your binge triggers so that you can nourish yourself without food
When we are mindful we breathe deeper, the body releases endorphins, which are the feel good hormones reducing the need for comfort eating.
The increased oxygen levels in the blood increase our energy levels and this helps us to make better food choices.
Science is recognizing that proper breathing is essential for health. Targeted breathing exercises can actually boost our immunity and improve our overall health. Learning how to breathe is one factor that reduces our susceptibility to getting sick.
Breathing improves circulation and blood flow to the brain, and activates our parasympathetic nervous system, which means that our brain gets the message to relax.
Reduced inflammation associated with stroke, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other serious diseases.
Deep breathing brings fresh oxygen and exhales out toxins and carbon dioxide. When the blood is oxygenated, it ensures smoother functioning of your vital organs, including the immune system
Carbon dioxide is a natural toxic waste that comes out from our body only through breathing. But when our lungs are compromised by shallow breathing the other detoxification system starts working harder to expel this waste. This can make our body weaker and lead to illness.
Make Peace with Food and Your Body
Learning to Love Yourself Through Being Present, accept your body and make peace with food
Reducing Stress and anxiety
Many binge eaters find comfort in food as a way to cope with stress and anxiety , mindfulness helps to identify outside stressors that might be causing binge eating
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