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5 First Fixes For Food Addiction
By Nancy Anderson Dolan BA Psych, founder of WiseHeart Wellness WorldWide and one of the only 5% of people that has lost over 100lbs and kept it off with increasing ease and freedom for 2 decades.
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Overeating is a brain problem.
So we show people how to help their brains. Without addressing this underlying problem, the dieting and exercise can actually make the problem worse! Your brain chemistry determines how you will perceive the world, how you will feel about things and what actions you will or will not take and has a huge impact on how the systems in your body perform. When you are working with balanced neurochemistry and a healthy brain, ending overeating is much, much, much easier! Read on to see how…..
1. Drink more water
Your brain is 78% water, when you don’t’ have enough it starts to malfunction. Headaches are just one of the symptoms we recognize, fatigue, confusion, memory, mood and distorted perceptions occur too! And we don’t even realize what is happening or how much it impacts our experience of the world and our performance in it.
Often we get annoyed with others, feel things are too hard, have trouble understanding information and simply don’t have the focus or the stamina to stick with something like an eating plan. It feels too difficult and too depressing! Even portion distortion improves in a well hydrated brain.
And don’t’ forget a larger body needs more water. Check in with your thirst frequently. Pop, coffee, and energy drinks don’t count and may actually dehydrate your brain.
2. Eat enough protein
Often people think that they need to cut protein to lose weight. Most of the time the only thing we lose is the right ingredients to make good brain chemistry. Your brain needs certain supplies of specific nutrients to build good brain chemistry that will keep you comfortable and free from craving and confusion.
When someone has a concussion one of the first interventions to heal their brain is to significantly increase protein intake for 48 hours. Keep that part of your food plan in balance!
3. Upgrade your carbs don’t cut them
The other thing dieters like to cut is carbohydrates. This often leads to an increase in craving that eventually becomes irresistible. That is because it is a brain driven, biological, life preserving urge! The brain will do whatever it takes to get you to get carbohydrates.
In the meantime, it can worsen the very brain chemistry imbalances that plague most chronic overeaters. This can cause emotional overload, a low tolerance for distress, a feeling of hopelessness, confusion, all in addition to that increasing carb craving. That’s why when people “diet” with low carb, eventually they not only slip but often eat their way back to the old weight and more.
So the upgrade to less refined carbohydrates. Whole grains like rice, barely and quinoa can help improve crucial neurotransmitters and calm the cravings. Particularly when eaten 2 hours after a high protein meal.
4. Simply sleep
Really, we live in a society that can actually be resistant and resentful about sleeping. Like nothing important is happening so why do it. Many things of utmost importance are happening, like your brain rebuilding itself. Sleeping on an empty stomach or with just a small unrefined carbohydrate snack 2 hours after a big meal and a couple of hours before bed is especially good.
We need the mental and emotional processing that sleep gives us for good neural integration and the relaxation that deep sleep provides to make sure our autonomic nervous system sends out that “everything is okay” signal to the body. If we short ourselves on sleep our systems can stay on high alert all the time.
A really bad situation for your brain and your body, because only “survive” signals go out, making your digestion slow down, your cortisol go up and send store fat signals!
Sleep gives your body the time and ingredients to devote to building good brain functioning. Sleeping also creates a more relaxed physical and emotional state that won’t need soothing with food! The research on this clear – more sleep more weight loss!
5. Relax and re-regulate
Real relaxation, not sitting in front of the TV or playing a video game, but devoted attention relaxing your body and giving your mind and brain. That is what it takes to re-regulate your body systems, have them function properly again and heal any problems.
Too often we get stuck in the full on intensity mode, whether by worrying endlessly, just trying to get it all done or even in trying get away from it all. A busy brain just keeps sending out the command to be at full alert all the time, creating a chemical a chemical calamity in your body.
When that "alert" goes on too long, your body redistributes blood flow, chemicals and energy away from digestion and towards adrenal function. This is good for a moment when a car might hit you. However, when your system stays on high alert for too long, it interferes with digestion leading to toxicity and weight retention, disrupts the chemical communication that tells us when we are hungry or full.
It also makes us anxious and tired; two states that people often overeat in!
So our brains and bodies need downtime. The typical daily diet of non-stop stimulation and stress actually degrades your brain. People end up just wanting to shut it down, but do it in ways that create more problems, like eating or vegging out in front of the TV which actually feeds their brains images at a rate that creates more over stimulation.
But you can get the relaxation and re-regulation your body needs. In addition to the sleep mentioned previously, just stretching or sitting, eyes closed listening to music, soaking in a hot tub, meditating, swinging, rocking in a hammock or rocking chair can soothe your body back into that all clear everything is alright signal from the brain.
We call these the 5 firsts because they are all things that you can start doing right now, that will be incredibly beneficial and helpful in the journey to end addictive overeating.
If you cannot undertake the above suggestions with reasonable consistency or any of them cause an ongoing increase in distress you will need to consult your doctor, therapist or email@example.com to get assistance with the underlying issues. Left unattended compulsive eating issues typically get worse. These steps are a really good beginning and a great addition to any medical or mental therapy.
WiseHeartWellnessWorldWide.com specializes in Brain Chemistry Optimization and assists individuals and their health practitioners in re-balancing brain chemistry that helps to ending addictive eating patterns and improve mental health and behavioral performance in all areas.