Eating In Moderation

What is your relationship with food? Do you eat in moderation or do you tend to overeat? Some individuals only give their body the nourishment it needs, while most of us crave rich and delicious food in excess.

Eating and drinking are most pleasurable cravings. It may not be as intense as sexual desire, yet it has an enormous pull on us.

In today's world many people eat much more than they should. Here, we'll examine our relationship with food and its negative effects on health and wellbeing. You will also be introduced to some pointers that can help you change your eating habits.

Why Do We Overeat?

There are several causes of overeating, let's take a look at the most common ones:

Most of us crave delicious food around the clock. It's so enjoyable to eat, that we simply can't let go. When there is nothing else to do, many of us turn to unhealthy foods such as pizza, potato chips and beer. May it be in front of the tv or computer. Some do it alone, while others prefer to be in the company of family and friends.

It's not uncommon to suppress boredom, restlessness and other unpleasant emotions with power eating. Eating is really pleasurable and once you have stuffed yourself, the negative emotions are taken over by physical discomfort or pain. For most of us, physical discomfort is more bearable than unpleasant emotions. It's a fact, that we are afraid of our negative emotions.

For example, it took me several year to overcome the fear of hunger. Like you know, hunger is an unpleasant sensation. I clearly remember living in Buddhist monasteries and at meditation centers, where you are only allowed to have breakfast and lunch.

As a result, I would eat huge servings. No wonder some visitors stared at the amount of food I had piled up on my plate. I literally stuffed myself which resulted in stomach aches, closely followed by tiredness.

The truth is that I was afraid of getting hungry in the afternoons. As you already know, the stomach expands after having a large meal, and contracts once the food has been processed. It's quite an unpleasant experience, not to mention how sleepy you get while digesting the food.

The Benefits Of Eating In Moderation

- It's healthier to eat smaller meals and more frequently.

- A moderate serving makes for comfort and ease.

- Digesting an average-sized meal won't make you as tired as a big one.

- You feel good about yourself when you eat in moderation.

- Eating less makes it much easier to maintain your body weight.

The Disadvantages Of Overeating

- Overeating is unhealthy and makes you overweight.

- Being overweight leads to negative feelings and thoughts about yourself.

- Overeating results in physical discomfort and stomach aches.

- It puts a lot of stress on your entire body, especially the digestive system.

When I was 17, I made an experiment. I wanted to know how much water I could drink in 10 minutes. So, I filled three jugs and managed to wash down two and a half liters.

It hurt so badly that I had to lie down. Once I was lying on my back, water from the stomach flowed into my mouth. For a moment I thought I would drown. Do you see how much stress overeating puts on your body?

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How To Eat In Moderation

- Don't eat for the sake of eating, only have food when you are hungry.

- Don't eat to suppress unpleasant emotions. Rather, seek help to work with your feelings and thoughts. Conventional talk therapy is an effective way to ease the emotional pressure. The therapist listens to you and gives you attention, which is most healing. I strongly recommend it.

- Only eat until you are full, don't go beyond that point.

- Eating slowly makes it easier to tell when you are satisfied, and it's also healthy to chew the food well.

- It's hard to stop eating when you are enjoying the taste of something. Keep in mind though, that overeating is really unhealthy and leads to physical discomfort, and in the extension you gain weight.

- Remind yourself that you can eat another meal whenever you get hungry. It's better to have several moderately-sized meals throughout the day, than a couple of large ones.

- Eat healthy dishes that are nutritious and filling. That includes low sugar, low fat and high fiber foods. Moreover, vary your diet as much as possible and consume fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.

- Drinking some water with the food aids the digestion and makes you eat less.

- Remember to drink plenty of water between meals. It both reduces hunger and keeps your body hydrated.

- Don't stuff yourself with fast food, pastries and candy.

- Don't go to bed on a full stomach, which is unhealthy and also makes it difficult to fall asleep.

Often times, overeating is a way of suppressing negative feelings and thoughts. If you recognize yourself, seek help. I can assure you that talk therapy works. Life is so much more enjoyable when you feel good about yourself. Look at it as an investment in your own happiness and wellbeing.

Best of luck!

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