Experts estimate that 75% of overeating is caused by emotions.
…do not give the devil a foothold~Ephesians 4:26-27
It’s day 5 of my cleanse and I think my emotions are being cleansed more than my body so far.
I’m grateful for my deeper insights into my emotional eating.
On Friday I was not hungry but wanted to eat because I need a ‘I made it through another busy week-yeah for me!’ treat. On Saturday, I was not hungry but I needed a ‘It’s the weekend baby- let’s celebrate!’ treat and today, Sunday, I was craving a ‘it’s Sunday –kick back,relax and indulge’ treat.
I never actually experienced hunger on any of these days but my emotions were screaming at me loudly.
Thank goodness for the Isagenix chocolates. They really helped, especially with some almonds. I even considered melting the chocolate and dipping them in but I did not have the patience for that.
So I’m going back to my own teachings on Emotional Eating to help me. Here’s what I wrote some time ago.
‘Experts estimate that 75% of overeating is caused by emotions. A study in Psychosomatic Medicine showed that people over-eat in order to self-medicate their feelings of stress or anxiety.(1) People find it almost impossible to manage their food cravings even with the threat of potentially life-threatening risks. ‘
So, my homework for this week is to plan for my emotional swings that will be coming again next weekend. They come every week but I usually feed them.
Tomorrow is a cleanse day which means no shakes and no meal. I’ll keep you posted.
P.S. Here’s a bit more info. on emotions and food cravings.
Did you know that different emotions trigger different food cravings?
|Emotions and Feeling||Food Cravings|
|Tense, tired, angry, out of control||Chips, cookies, chocolate, popcorn, tea, caffeine|
|Frustration, anxiety, out of control, helpless||Potatoes, wine, carbs.|
|Sadness, Loneliness, drained, tired, sluggish||Chocolate, sugary foods, ice cream, cookies, muffins, wine|
|Boredom, unmotivated, idleness||Wine, coffee, chips, toast and tea, chocolate, popcorn|