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50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food by Susan Albers

By Susan Albers

Food has the facility to briefly alleviate pressure and disappointment, increase pleasure, and produce us convenience once we desire it so much. it really is no ask yourself specialists estimate that seventy five percentage of overeating is brought on through our feelings, no longer actual starvation. the good news is you could as an alternative soothe your self via dozens of aware actions which are fit for either physique and mind.

Susan Albers, writer of Eating Mindfully, now bargains 50 how you can Soothe your self with no Food, a suite of mindfulness talents and practices for stress-free the physique in instances of tension and finishing your dependence on consuming as a way of dealing with tricky feelings. you are going to not just notice effortless how you can soothe urges to overeat, you are going to additionally how to differentiate emotion-driven starvation from fit starvation. succeed in for this e-book rather than the fridge subsequent time you're feeling the urge to snack-these possible choices are only as satisfying!

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Most of the time, after you get started, you’re glad you did. Exercising is often described this way. Many people say that they never feel like going to the gym. Nevertheless, after an hour of working out, they feel great and are happy they went. With time, using your new ways of soothing yourself will become a routine habit, like exercising. When you pass up the opportunity to soothe yourself with food, give yourself as much praise as possible. You may even want to tell a friend, a family member, or anyone who will ooh and aah over your newfound skills.

However, mindfulness skills can help you ride the urge out until the desire to emotionally eat fades or goes away. As discussed in the introduction, being mindful is a way of thinking. Basically, it is being very aware of the present moment in an open and nonjudgmental way. Many people are drawn to food for unconscious reasons. When they slow down and really pay attention to whatever triggers their craving for food, ­especially when they aren’t hungry, they get a better handle on how to deal with their cravings.

Innate behavior. We are not the only creatures who eat to find comfort. Some animals also turn to food to regulate their stress levels. For example, when rats are injected with stress hormones, they consume more sugar. One study suggests that like rats, we turn to comfort foods to help balance our stress hormones (Dallman et al. 2003). Comfort foods. Certain foods are more soothing than others, especially those high in fat and sugar (Wansink, Cheney, and Chan 2003). Comfort foods are edibles like mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, potato chips, and chicken casserole—anything that tastes good and is palatable to your senses.

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