Ah, the comfort of eating mashed potatoes, fried chicken, white bread, ice cream, potato chips, crackers, chocolate chip cookies, etc. In times of stress, when we are feeling “down in the dumps”, lonely, or misunderstood, comfort food is what we turn to in order to feel better about ourselves or a situation.
Emotional eating is the practice of consuming large quantities of food — usually “comfort” or junk foods — in response to feelings instead of hunger. Experts estimate that 75% of overeating is caused by emotions.
Many of us learn that food can bring comfort, at least in the short-term. As a result, we often turn to food to heal emotional problems.
Situations and emotions that trigger us to eat fall into five main categories.
Social. Eating when around other people. For example, excessive eating can result from being encouraged by others to eat; eating to fit in; arguing; or feelings of inadequacy around other people.
Emotional. Eating in response to boredom, stress, fatigue, tension, depression, anger, anxiety or loneliness as a way to “fill the void.”
Situational. Eating because the opportunity is there. For example, at a restaurant, seeing an advertisement for a particular food, passing by a bakery. Eating may also be associated with certain activities such as watching TV, going to the movies or a sporting event, etc.
Thoughts. Eating as a result of negative self-worth or making excuses for eating. For example, scolding oneself for looks or a lack of will power.
Physiological. Eating in response to physical cues. For example, increased hunger due to skipping meals or eating to cure headaches or other pain.
How Do I Break Myself of the Habit?
Identifying eating triggers is the first step; however, this alone is not sufficient to alter eating behavior. Usually, by the time you have identified a pattern, eating in response to emotions or certain situations has become a habit. Now you have to break that habit. Yet, simply distracting yourself from eating and developing alternative habits is not enough to manage the emotional distress that leads to excessive eating.
Emotional hurts that occurred in your early childhood, that you may not even consciously remember, are responsible for your eating habits today. Your brain has been wired to react as a child and even now, as an adult, you impulsively eat not as a person of choice, but because emotionally you are stuck at your earliest emotional wounds.
The key is to reset the brain to lose weight and keep the weight off!
A quantum shift can occur in our behaviors by resetting the brain from those pre-programmed emotional stresses. We do not have to remain a victim to our own nervous system. We can forgive, resolve, and let go of the emotional stresses contributing to dysfunction in our bodies.
The Emotional Weight Loss™ system uses QNRT, Quantum Neurological Reset Therapy, to make these shifts. QNRT is a system of healing that happens from within and recognizes and restores the connection of the brain, the body, and nervous system to remove the blockages so that the body can heal itself.
QNRT combines a unique biofeedback technology with a nervous system relay therapy to neurologically reprogram the brain/relay access points – the places where our body’s neurological and emotional programs reside. Simply put, the QNRT process actually “re-wires” the nervous system.
QNRT is non-invasive, requires no prescription, no manipulation, no physiotherapy and no extensive talk therapy.
Dr. Michael Roth is a certified practitioner of QNRT and The Emotional Weight Loss™ system. For more information, go to www.qnrt.com and www.rothwellnesscenter.com. To schedule an appointment, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 805-644-0461.