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Emotional food and how do you recognize it?

One of the main reasons a person enters a diet is to feel better about himself, to be valued, to increase his self-confidence, without necessarily this reinforcement helping him internally to make radical changes in terms of food and how it relates to it. University research has shown a strong correlation between a person's desire to lose weight and the expectation of greater acceptance from others around them. Eating food is often connected to our emotions. Eat to "deal" with stress and nervousness or to drown out sadness or to celebrate when you are happy. Other times, you eat out of boredom or anger, as well as low self-confidence and self-esteem. Eating food in response to various psychological states is called emotional eating. Emotional hunger appears suddenly while physical - "physical" hunger develops slowly. Unlike physical hunger, emotional hunger requires immediate food consumption and demands immediate gratification. Physical hunger, on the other hand, waits for nourishment. The difference between them is great. To satisfy "natural" hunger, you usually make a conscious choice about what you will consume and are aware of what you are eating. If you are emotionally hungry, you crave more food, especially treats even if you already feel full. Emotional hunger often results in guilt or promises to do better next time, as opposed to physical hunger, which is guilt-free because you know you ate to maintain your strength, health, and energy. Body and soul are elements that would be unfair to separate as any dysfunction in one has corresponding consequences in the other and vice versa. Diseases of the soul very directly affect your body. So you start choosing what to eat because of your emotions, but at the same time what you eat affects how you feel, both mentally and physically. Food provides the feeling of fullness and this, in turn, is directly related to the feeling of comfort. Positive emotions, therefore, crowd out the negative ones.. And it is worth mentioning here that this phenomenon is not limited only to adults. It starts from infancy. When the infant cries inexplicably, mom will give him the pacifier. The first "stuffing" for comfort, which will be followed by more as the child grows. 

The pacifier will become a cookie...croissant...chocolate. If you notice that such dysfunctional behavior escapes your control or creates intense discomfort and dysfunction in your daily life, do not hesitate to consult a specialist. Our feelings are meant to be understood, communicated and not to be "eaten"...

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