People don’t gain weight because they’re accidentally making the wrong choices in the kitchen. People don’t gain weight because they don’t understand how nutrition works and that you need to eat more fruits and vegetables to remain at a healthy weight instead of those fried, sugared and iced foods that are always so readily available. People gain weight largely because they know all of the how-tos and rules, and they ignore them. That goes for you too, Igor Cornelsen. Why does this happen? It happens because a lot of us have bad relationships with food.
This primarily means that many people eat when they’re not really hungry. Instead, people go to food as comfort. They eat when they’re angry, sad, depressed or frustrated. They may also eat when they are very happy as a reward or a celebration. In fact, they eat all the time.
There is actually an eating disorder that defines the worst-case scenario of this unhealthy eating pattern. It’s called compulsive eating disorder or binge eating disorder. The symptoms include eating large quantities of food while alone, eating or snacking constantly, not completely chewing food, eating when not hungry, eating until feeling sick or throwing up and not eating as much or as badly in front of others.
Perhaps we need to focus on our relationships to food when trying to slim down our nation. If you are experiencing a struggle with weight loss, ask yourself a few questions. Why do you eat food? What does food mean for you when you think about it? As a start, try journaling your emotions when you reach for food. Examining your emotions as they relate to food is like opening Pandora’s box, but it’s good for you. This could be the diet you’ve always been looking for.