Emotional eating is eating as a way to suppress or soothe negative emotions, such as stress, anger, fear, boredom, sadness and loneliness. Both major life events and the hassles of daily life can trigger negative emotions that lead to emotional eating and disrupt your weight-loss efforts. These triggers may include:
- Financial pressure
- Health problems
- Relationship conflicts
- Work stress
- Bad weather
Although some people actually eat less in the face of strong emotions, if you’re in emotional distress you may turn to impulsive or binge eating — you may rapidly eat whatever’s convenient, without even enjoying it. In fact, your emotions may become so tied to your eating habits that you automatically reach for a sweet treat whenever you’re angry or stressed without stopping to think about what you’re doing.
Food also serves as a distraction. If you’re worried about an upcoming event or stewing over a conflict, for instance, you may focus on eating comfort food instead of dealing with the painful situation.
Whatever emotions drive you to overeat, the end result is often the same. The emotions return, and you may also now bear the additional burden of guilt about setting back your weight-loss goal. This can also lead to an unhealthy cycle — your emotions trigger you to overeat, you beat yourself up for getting off your weight-loss track, you feel badly, and you overeat again.
What can you do to break the cycle of overeating?
Understand that weight loss is not about depriving yourself of food. Instead allow yourself to eat healthy foods so that you feel satisfied. Healthy Rule of healthy choices: Roamed, Swam, Flew, or Grew Unprocessed.
Use your body’s internal hunger cues, not your eyes.
Eat slowly, and savor every bite. This will help you to eat less while more thoroughly enjoying your meals.
Exercise in some form or another.
Reset those often unconscious emotional triggers that drive you to overeat.
How do you access and change those unconscious emotional triggers?
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