Overeating: Why We Do it and How to Stop?

Overeating: Why We Do it and How to Stop?

While the trigger that causes us to eat excessively may be unique to each of us, there are some underlying common causes, which when addressed, can greatly impact our health.

1. Addiction

In the late 1960s to early 1970s, cigarette manufacturers added more nicotine to cigarettes in order to make them addictive. Certain foods today are addictive in much the same way – people know why they shouldn't eat them, but then have no idea why they can't stop eating them. Addictive food agents include:

  • Sugar: Many products advertised as "Fat Free" or "Low Fat" tend to be loaded with sugar. The fact that once we eat the sugar-filled product, it turns to fat in the body, unsurprisingly does not appear on the label.
  • Food Additives: While food additives and preservatives undergo a required series of pre-market testing, often involving lab animals being fed these additives, there are fewer tests on what happens when all the different additives break down and interact within our body.
  • Caffeine: While there may be zero calories in diet soda, a recent study showed that a combination of caffeine and aspartame kill off brain cells, but before they die, they trigger a chemical reaction in the brain that creates a momentary buzz, making us crave more. Migraines, visual problems, brain damage, breathing problems, concentration issues and many other severe health conditions have been linked to two harmful ingredients: caffeine and aspartame.

2. Emotional Eating

Another common cause of excessive eating is when we use eating as a way to cope with negative emotions. Unfortunately, it wasn't hunger that caused the pain, so how can eating ever take it away?

When it comes to dealing with negative emotions effectively, facing them head on and uncovering their lessons works. It really helps to find someone experienced to guide you with this. Someone who can help you release these negative emotions for good, rather than simply analyze them for many lengthy and expensive sessions.

Read more about how to stop emotional eating

3. Habit

Sometimes, the cause of excessive eating is simply related to eating habits we learn from a very young age. We might have been promised a special meal for good behavior or a reward if we accomplished something, or food was a way for our parents to give affection and those patterns became ingrained in us over time.

What Helps?

One of the primary ways we experience the world is through what we eat, drink and think.

Eating Well

If you want to live well, eat more living green plant foods. When these are ingested by juicing, the goodness is easily absorbed into the body and also helps for cleaning the body of harmful toxins.

Drinking Well

Drinking clean water is vital, as 70 percent of our body is made of the stuff. If you live in a city, it may be necessary to purchase a water filter.

Read more about the importance of drinking 8 glasses of water everyday

Think Well

When negative thoughts come (and they will), ignore them like you ignore someone trying to sell you something you don't want. Thanks, but no thanks. They will soon get the message and disappear. Also, remember to check in with yourself to ensure you are focused on what you want and not what you don't want.

While habits can seem permanent, the good news is that recent research in the field of brain plasticity shows that we can change our habits at any age we choose. It's not always easy, but it is most certainly attainable to replace unhealthy habits with constructive ones.

What tips do you have to share with others beginning their healthy living journey?

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Christopher Drummond is the editor of a Natural Health website and lives in Cape Town, South Africa. For more simple, natural ways to live a healthy life, visit: www.real-wellness.net

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Lisa Roth Collins is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and is the Marketing Manager at NaturallySavvy.com. She is passionate about health and wellness and tries her best to make healthier choices every day for herself and her family. Her journey to natural health was driven by her own struggles with digestive discomfort, depression, and anxiety. Lisa returned to school in 2014 to study nutrition at the Canadian School for Natural Nutrition. She threw herself into her studies so she could learn as much as she could to help herself feel better and thrive. Upon completing the program and being certified as an RHN, Lisa began her work at Naturally Savvy where she has been able to help so many people learn to make healthier choices for themselves. Through her work, she has connected with so many incredible people in the industry whether other authors, influencers, or brands. Plus, she is affectionately known as "Techie Spice" because of her ability to wrap her head around technology. Every day she gets up with a renewed sense of energy and ready to make a difference. You can read all of Lisa's content here. In her spare time, Lisa loves to try new recipes, make delicious and nourishing meals, and she is an avid reader. For more information about Lisa, check out her profile on here.