Caring for Yourself
What’s Eating You?
When it comes to gaining weight, the key is not always what you’re eating.
It could be what’s eating you.
Ask any diet expert. They’ll tell you that emotions such as depression, anxiety, anger, boredom and loneliness can make some people want to eat when they’re not hungry at all.
These experts tell us that our health and weight are often closely connected with our psychological, emotional and spiritual state. If you’ve tried many times to lose weight without success, you could be eating for emotional reasons —reasons that can be discovered and changed.
For emotional eaters, negative emotions that make them want to eat are often triggered by events and memories. These emotions are actually physical feelings that hit quickly—love, hate, joy, fear, anger. Some of these emotions are painful to feel so we push them away. Instead, we must learn to identify them and deal with them by:
- Telling ourselves that the memory or event isn’t worth becoming upset over.
- Refusing to entertain them by turning our thoughts elsewhere.
- Calming ourselves and focusing on taking action.
- Centering ourselves with deep breathing, progressive relaxation, yoga, meditation, and exercise or guided imagery.
The Real Problem May Not Be Overeating
Despite our best efforts, we all occasionally feel overwhelmed. That feeling may be a signal that we’re depressed or anxious. If so, it’s critical that these difficulties be examined and resolved. A professional counselor can help uncover hidden problems and help release their hold on you and your eating habits.
Therapists tell us that overweight people often stay heavy because they’re either unable or unwilling to look at what would change in their lives if they were to lose the weight and keep it off. In every case, overeating isn’t really the problem—it’s often a coping mechanism used to deal with other, deeper problems.
Winners in the weight game decide to look closely at their inner struggles and motivations. They figure out why they continue to hold on to the excess weight. As unlikely as it sounds, anyone who overeats does get something from being overweight. The key is finding out what that is and discovering how to solve that problem in some other, more constructive way. Whatever the inner struggle, it must be unraveled. Why? Because it keeps people struggling with their weight instead of fully living life.
* Article taken from Health & Living, January 2003, V3 N1, page 9; a Mannatech publication. Mannatech, 600 S Royal Lane, Suite 200, Coppell, TX 75019
GYN and You
By: Coach Diesta | firstname.lastname@example.org
“My mission in life is not merely to survive but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
Maybe you didn’t know that avocados can help you on your journey through menopause? When I was younger, I didn’t like the taste of avocados. Glad that changed. Let me drop some knowledge on you and then I’ll let you go!
What are the benefits of avocados & menopause? 🥑
1) If you have estrogen dominance in your hormones, avocados work to block estrogen receptors on cells. Therefore, it will reduce estrogen absorption. If you are having a lot of hot flashes, which is usually estrogen dominance, avocados could help.
2) In my research I found avocados do not contain progesterone, but they have an ability to alter progesterone levels in your body, which is why they are often used in products for PMS and menopausal symptoms. 🥑
3) Avocados are nutrient dense with folate (folic acid), healthy monounsaturated fats, vitamin C, K, additional B vitamins, potassium and other minerals and fiber. In fact, a fairly recent study suggests an avocado per day can keep bad cholesterol at bay for overweight and obese individuals. Doctors suggest a serving size of 1/4 an avocado. 🥑
4) They contain more potassium than a banana. 🥑
5) This power food is loaded with both non-soluble and soluble fiber which will make you feel fuller and induced the hormone LEPTIN and Peptide YY in your system. See my Facebook live last week if you want to know more about how food affects your hormones. 🥑
6) Avocados are loaded with power anti-oxidants that can protect your eyes. They include the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which are incredibly important for eye health🥑
Wow. Cool information, right? Where do you incorporate avocados in your meals? 🥑
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Yours in Health,
Women’s Ministry Plus You (wmpyou) does not guarantee the accuracy of the information in this article. Prior to taking action or relying on the content, please check with your healthcare professional or licensed medical doctor as the advise and data herein is not intended to treat or cure any medical condition.