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50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food by Susan Albers

By Susan Albers

Food has the facility to briefly alleviate rigidity and unhappiness, improve pleasure, and produce us convenience once we desire it so much. it truly is no ask yourself specialists estimate that seventy five percentage of overeating is brought on by way of our feelings, now not actual starvation. the excellent news is you could in its place soothe your self via dozens of aware actions which are fit for either physique and mind.

Susan Albers, writer of Eating Mindfully, now deals 50 how you can Soothe your self with out Food, a set of mindfulness abilities and practices for stress-free the physique in instances of pressure and finishing your dependence on consuming as a way of dealing with tricky feelings. you will not just realize effortless how you can soothe urges to overeat, you are going to additionally differentiate emotion-driven starvation from fit starvation. succeed in for this booklet rather than the fridge subsequent time you are feeling the urge to snack-these choices are only as satisfying!

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There are a number of reasons why food takes on the role of comforter. We can’t ignore the fact that people wouldn’t use it if it didn’t succeed at making them feel better. Here are some of the psychological and physiological reasons that explain why eating feels so good: Biochemical changes in your body. Some foods increase the amount of neurotransmitters in your brain or induce other biochemical changes that provide comfort. Often, this is why people are so drawn to chocolate. Chocolate raises the levels of serotonin and other chemicals that have mood-enhancing qualities (Parker, Parker, and Brotchie 2006).

Write down the signals that prompt you to eat. You can do this in a variety of ways, but the best way is to keep a journal while you’re reading this book. What circumstances make you the most vulnerable? Are there specific feelings? Do you do it at the same time each day? Simply watch yourself. Begin to understand your patterns. Think deeply about what you learn about yourself. You may be amazed that just by watching yourself closely, you can cut down on your emotional eating. This isn’t really surprising.

If you suspect that you have some of the symptoms of binge-eating disorder (or any other eating disorder), it would be to your benefit to obtain additional support and treatment from a mental health professional and a physician to make sure that you are adequately addressing the issue. Reading this book is a great first step, but it’s important to get the right kind of treatment as well. Picking up this book is a fantastic first move. You have just begun a new chapter in your life. You’ve begun to explore healthy ways to deal with the stress in your life.

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