Emotional eating is normal behavior. We don’t need to feel bad about it; find out WHY it happens; or stop doing it.
Here at DietHobby, (See Archives from March 18, 2016 through April 6, 2016 - first one: Here ), I Scrapbooked a series of silent gif images, mostly film clips with superimposed dialogue about food and eating, in order to illustrate the fact that our bodies are designed to make Eating Food involve our Emotions.
It isn’t accurate to define our eating behaviors as “emotional” or “physical.” The process of Eating Food, …including our Food Choices…, is BOTH physical and emotional, in differing degrees and combinations.
Everything we eat affects us physically AND emotionally. All food affects our blood sugar and gives us sensual pleasure …makes us feel good. Like all other body processes that are designed to make us feel good, it’s impossible to separate food from emotion.
Food is not “just fuel”, just like sex is not “just reproduction”. The body’s relationship with food, like the body’s relationship with sex, is interwoven, and driven by both physical and emotional desire. Labeling our food choices as motivated by one or the other is neither practical nor realistic. This type of thinking about food and eating is an inaccurate, oversimplification of a complicated biological process.
“There are about seven people in the world who righteously use food as fuel.
Six of them are professional marathon runners from Kenya... ”
Our physical and emotional hungers work together …including our need and desire for food. We receive information from all of our feelings of hunger. Our bodies are designed to make Eating Food emotionally satisfying, as well as physically satisfying.
Eating IS emotional. Food, like sex, has an impact on the way we feel. The effects may be temporary, but they still exist, and we are allowed to utilize food as a coping mechanism if we so choose.
Everything we do in life involves CHOICE. Even refusing to choose is a choice. All of our Behaviors are based on the personal, individual choices we make as we follow our own true life VALUES. Each of us has the mental power and the physical ability to make and follow through with personal and individual choices about our own Behaviors, despite feelings of physical or emotional hunger, ….including what, when, and how much food we will eat at any particular time.
Some might be thinking…
........“But where do I draw the line? If I let myself eat emotionally I’d NEVER STOP.”
And the answer is
........“Each one of us individually gets to draw the line.”
Where ever we want to draw it.
Every human behavior brings consequences, either positive, negative or both. Although we have the ability to control our BEHAVIORS, we have NO ability to control our RESULTS, …the eventual outcomes of our Behaviors.
Human bodies have many genetic differences, including height, skin color, eye color, facial features, muscle development, placement of fat deposits. No matter what eating and/or exercise choices we make, our bodies are limited by our genetics, and less than 2% of the population can ever become a slender, shapely model such as we see in advertisements.
Despite our individual differences, specific physical Behaviors will guarantee certain specific physical Results. If we CONSISTENTLY eat LESS food than our individual body needs, that body will become thin, weak, tired, and hungry. If we CONSISTENTLY eat MORE food than our individual body can use, we will store it as fat. This is a Physical Fact of Life that Can’t be Changed. People, however, do have the ability to choose their own Attitude as well as the positive or negative Values they place on being “Thin” or “Fat”.
However we do it, …“eating” …including “overeating” or “undereating”… is not a vile behavior that is supposed to lead to feelings of shame. Each of us is free to eat however we choose at the time, for whatever reason.
Bottom Line: We are adults, and we can do whatever the F*** we want.
Note: Originally posted April 7, 2016 - Bumped up for new viewers
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