02Sep

Emotional Eatingposted by in Russ Whitney

Emotional_EatingThe Interconnectivity of the Human Body, Emotions and Food

One of the things that Russ Whitney stresses in his book Inner Voice: Unlock Your Purpose & Passion is that, in order to grow, everyone needs to embrace their spirituality and get closer to God or the higher power of their choosing.

If you take this a step further, it’s not hard to see how everything, and everyone, is interconnected in this world. Your connection with your higher power helps you to grow, and your connection with other people, and things, are part of that as well and can help you (and sometimes hurt you) at the same time.

One of those things is food, something that all of us obviously need to survive and thrive. Unfortunately, food or, more specifically, eating habits can be greatly influenced by our emotions. Many people who are experiencing negative emotions have a tendency to overeat, binge eat or otherwise abuse their bodies with food.

Interestingly, the same negative emotions can also cause a person to not eat, something that can be almost as damaging to the human body as overeating.

Negative emotions can be caused by many different things and events. Stress in the workplace between a person and their colleagues or their boss, anger or resentment due to a relationship with your spouse and just plain sadness over the loss of someone dear to you can all cause a person to eat too little, or too much.

One of the best ways to avoid over or under eating due to stress and negative emotions is to know what your patterns are when you’re feeling those emotions and take note of the link between your thoughts and the food and eating choices that you make when you’re stressed, angry, sad and so forth.

Once you are aware of some of the negative food habits that you engage in when you ‘re being influenced by emotions, it’s time to also take a look at what you can do to make sure that you don’t engage in those habits.

Just like Russ Whitney says you should connect with your higher power, you should also make a habit of connecting positive emotions with food. To that end, creating a joyous, or even festive, mood while you’re preparing your food can go far to change your eating habits.

Be thankful for the fact that you actually have food to put on your table, lighten the mood with some stimulating, happy music and, whenever possible, share your meal with someone you enjoy being with.

Make the entire meal preparation into something fun and enjoyable and, if possible, include the people in your life that you care about the most. Even better, trying to include the person that’s making you angry, resentful or sad so that, if possible, you can mend those wounds and move on.

It’s not easy, and it won’t happen overnight, but if you put a little bit of effort and thought into it you can stop yourself from damaging your body with the one thing that it really needs the most; food.

If you have a moment, Russ Whitney wrote an excellent blog that we featured during the first Wednesday in April. It’s called “Choose to be Happy” and it goes well with today’s blog and, possibly, with a nice glass of Chardonnay. Enjoy.

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