Middletown, NJ (PressExposure) May 27, 2008 -- Contact: Breaking free from emotional eating is to start by underÂstanding that the brain has two built in directives: pleasure seeking and survival. Which one influences our eating behavior?
Acording to Richard Kuhns, author of The Scale Conspiracy e-book, Both influence our eating behavior.
"First," he says, "is The Pleasure-Seeking Program. Since child hood, in any family there's up to fifteen holidays, birthdays and special occassions celebrated every year and all of these occasions bring with them friends, relatives, atÂtention, love, warmth, and wall-to-wall food!"
Little wonder the brain often says, "Eat, it'll make you happier!"
"Secondly," he says, "is the Survival Program; when you were a baby and you cried (for most any reason), what was the answer? The bottle, right? The result was that you learned an early association with food and frustration."
He points out in the e-book that for many years this was OK. Then at some age it was discovered that there was a weight problem. The first five or six years of life are the most formative. By the time the weight problem is realized, the program to eat in response to pleasure and/or survival is perfectly conditioned.
Little wonder then when there's frustration, upset, rejection, happiness, boredom, excitement... the brain suggests having something to eat. It's simply the program.
It would seem obvious that to eliminate emotional eating one only need be aware of one's emotions and correct the program.
The book points out that because most overeaters have been trained to deny their feelings, the brain doesn't say, "Eat, you're happy." It says, "Eat because it looks good." Even when we're bored, the brain doesn't say, "eat because you're bored;" it says, "eat because it would taste so good," or "eat because there's nothing else to do."
Because of this, the emphasis is on having an eating problem as opposed to a problem handling emotions which by the way are a reaction to our various stressors in life. The irony though is that our emotional reactions to stress become stressors in themselves and this is because of our limited experiences in managing emotions. The goal to breaking free from emotional eating is to learn to acknowledge emotions as they are felt--end eating emotional--stop diluting emotions with food.
By reading the Scale Conspiracy E-book you will appreciate that a progressive approach to losing weight involves asking questions "What is missing here? Why are people not getting the results they are promised? It is clearly insane to keep using the same dieting techniques when the results are so poor. It's more important to gain a grasp on conquering emotional eating than it is to read the scale. Besides focusing on the scale doesn't empower you to be a better more enlightened person, whereas learning about how to handle emotional eating empowers you in all aspects of your life and you'll find that what you really want to eat is far more nutritious and less in quantity than ever before imagined.
For more information about the Scale Conspiracy E-book by Richard Kuhns go to [http://www.dstressdoc.com/BingeEatingEbook.htm]
About the author:
Richard Kuhns B.S.Ch.E., NGH certified, author of the Scale Conspiracy E-book, has operated a stress management facility for seventeen years where he conducted hundreds of weight management seminars.