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Mindless Overeating: The 10 Most Common Reasons Why We Eat Mindlessly

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Most people think that mindless overeating stems from a lack of control or willpower. There are valid reasons why we overeat or eat mindlessly and more often than not, we eat as a way to cope and out of habit. Mindless eating is eating without awareness. It is eating when we are not hungry and not paying attention to our hunger or levels of fullness. It is putting food in our mouths for reasons other than hunger. 1. Fear I remember growing up and my mom saying to me “Eat something because you...

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52 Ways To Comfort Yourself Without Eating

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How often have you found yourself at the bottom of a packet of Doritos or a jar of Nutella at the end of hectic day? Comfort eating is an automatic behaviour for many of us. Studies show that eating when we are feeling emotional releases dopamine – a “feel good” chemical in the brain. As human beings, we are wired to avoid any form of pain (whether it be physical or emotional) and to seek pleasure. This pleasure can be in the form of many things: shopping, alcohol, drugs, sex, Facebook....

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How to Manage Emotional Eating

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It’s hard to believe we are already halfway through 2016! I am looking forward to a break connecting with family and friends in Europe and soaking up some Mediterranean sun. The first half of the year has been enriching and rewarding working with very brave women making shifts around their relationship with food, eating and lives in general. One of the most difficult aspects of making peace with food and eating is managing emotional or comfort eating. Few of us are able to totally overcome...

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Why Do We Overeat?

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I spent this weekend away in one of the most beautiful parts of the Little Karoo, a charming town called Montagu (famous for its nuts, fruit and wine). The highlight of the trip was a unique bicycle ride called L’Eroica. On the flight home I was reflecting on the fair amount of mindless eating I did and how easy it is to go unconscious around food, even when you work with mindful eating every day! I am a bit of an anxious flyer, so I decided to spend the time in the air writing on what triggers...

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The 7 Most Common Thoughts That Lead To Overeating

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Often our thoughts trigger our urge to eat until we are uncomfortably full. Here are some of the most common thoughts we think that lead to overeating... 1.    “But I deserve this….” You have had a stressful day at the office and you come back home and head for the chocolate! The kids have gone to bed and you take out the tub of ice-cream and your mind is saying: “I work so hard, I deserve this”. Do you really need to reward yourself by eating because you have been “good” or...

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Overeating At Night

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Do you struggle with overeating at night? Here are some reasons why you overeat at night and what you can do about it... You come home from a long day and you go straight to the fridge. Does this sound like you? Somehow, something happens that the minute you walk in the door, you just want to eat until you go to bed at night. What does nighttime eating look like? You come home and head straight for the fridge or pantry. You eat mindlessly as you cook and justify it as tasting. Your...

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10 Steps on How to Eat Emotionally – Mindfully

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The general message out there is that we should avoid eating emotionally and that we should find other ways to deal with difficult emotions. Sometimes though, eating emotionally does help and it works at soothing our difficult emotions, even if for a short while... Emotional eating, however, does not need to mean emotional overeating. Thank you Dr Pavel Somov for your very valuable insights on this. If you want to read more about it, I can highly recommend Dr Pavel’s book Mindful Emotional...

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