When we eat, there are sensors in our brain that make us feel satisfied. Our bodies need food for fuel, but sometimes there is a disconnect.
Your gut is also known as the “2nd brain.”
Nerves from the brain travel down the spinal cord, which communicates with the body, including the digestive system.
Digestion begins in the brain as chemicals and mechanical receptors on the tongue and the oral and nasal cavities are stimulated by smelling food, tasting it, chewing it, and simply noticing it.
Did you know that as much as 30 to 40% of the total digestive response to any meal is due to our full awareness and experience of what we’re eating?
Its the psychological state in which we consume our food that often times determines our metabolic state and how much nutrients are extracted from that food.
If we eat under guilt or stress, the body will draw blood flow away from the stomach, taking it to places needed for a normal stress response, fight or flight.
This decreases digestion and lowers the amount of nutrients that are extracted from the food.
Stress can also:
- De-regulate appetite and cause us to eat more
- increase cortisol levels, causing abdominal weight gain
- create digestive upset
This unique combination of the mind-body connection, makes behavioral patterns with food this much more complicated. However, if we get down to the root of the problem, we can heal the symptoms that come along with the stress eating or eating under a state of guilt.
Our relationship with food can teach us a lot. If we are intuitive and listen to our bodies, we can learn from it. Everybody has their own unique relationship with food. We all digest and metabolize food differently as well.
When we lose the battle with food, it consumes us. It can strip us of our confidence as it takes over our life. We lose our sense of self-worth and not only does it show on the outside, but it starts to damage us on the inside as well.
Not only does it show on the outside, but it starts to damage us on the inside as well.
When an unhealthy relationship with food is developed, it can be due to a past issue, or a current one.
It is so consuming, that it’s all you think about.
If you think about food all day every day, then you have a problem with it.
Some are aware of having an unhealthy relationship with food, but others use it as a part of their daily life and to get through uncomfortable situations. They find themselves reaching for it for comfort, out of boredom, or to fill some other void in their life.
There are ways to heal this relationship so that we can decrease inflammation due to poor food choices, stress releasing hormones, and increase nutrient absorption.
Dig deep and figure out what it is that is causing this unhealthy relationship – overcome fear!
Train your brain to think, feel, and talk the way you want to live
Start to enjoy the process of using food to fuel your body instead of it taking over your mind
Focus on healing your mind and the body will follow – don’t get so consumed in the number on the scale, or the size of your clothes, or the body image you think you need to reach
Love yourself inside and out for what you are and what your strengths are – regain confidence!
Healing your relationship with food is a marathon, not a sprint.
It will take time and will require you to dig deep into emotions and feelings that could be uncomfortable. By taking the time to do so now, you will be on a healthy journey that you can continue. Long gone will be the days of yo-yo’ing back and forth with your weight and turning to food in time of stress or needing comfort.
Food will no longer consume your life and you will learn how to use it to fuel your body!
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