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Comfort eating – what it is and isn’t


Published on Several factors are involved in the link between food and emotions: the historical two-way association between abundance and good times, the way low blood sugar affects our mood, and childhood experiences. Being aware of the reasons why you’re eating is often the first step to distinguishing comfort eating from genuine celebration and from the good feelings that come from satisfying actual hunger.

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Comfort eating – what it is and isn’t

  1. 1. Comfort Eating – What It IsAnd Isn’t
  2. 2. One thing you often become aware of inthe field of hypnotherapy is that there isa strong link between the emotions andthe way we eat.
  3. 3. In fact, one of the areas that hypnosis isoften used for is in the area of weightloss.
  4. 4. Often, comfort eating is cited as beingan issue lying behind somebody’sweight problem.
  5. 5. The link between feeling good and thefood we eat is undeniable. It’s just partof being human.
  6. 6. However, it’s important to be aware asto exactly what comfort eating is andwhat it isn’t.
  7. 7. If comfort eating is a problem foryou, then being aware of what’s goingon will help you have power over it andfeel more in control.
  8. 8. Knowing what comfort eatingisn’t can also be helpful.
  9. 9. Factor one: good times andabundance
  10. 10. Having an abundance of food was areason to celebrate and be happy.
  11. 11. On the other hand, a big life event suchas a birth, a marriage or even adeath, was celebrated orcommemorated by lavish amounts offood.
  12. 12. Now, it’s not comfort eating to enjoyeating a bit of birthday cake at yourfriend’s party, even though eating thecake will be associated with feelinghappy and will be part of the general funof the celebration.
  13. 13. The problem here comes when you tryto capture the feeling associated with aparty by eating party food even whenyou’re not celebrating anything – thatis comfort eating.
  14. 14. Factor two: blood sugar
  15. 15. There is also a physical side to thelink between food and emotions.
  16. 16. When we are low on blood sugar andhungry, we tend to feel pretty terrible.
  17. 17. It varies from person to person, butwhen we haven’t eaten for a while, weget grumpy, snappy, more prone toworry, a bit more emotional and prone totearfulness and so forth.
  18. 18. Any mother of small children – infact, any parent at all – can tell you thatthe time of day that’s the worst is thehour just before the evening meal.
  19. 19. All that irritability is simply a sign thatyour body needs some fuel, while someof the worry that kicks in may be, deepdown, part of a fear that there will not beenough to eat.
  20. 20. This emotional factor should drive us tograb something to eat – it’s like the fuellight coming on in the car to show thatwe’re low on fuel.
  21. 21. Where comfort eating comes in is whenwe use food as a way to help us feelbetter when we feeltired, irritable, stressed or upset forsome other reason, i.e. when hungerisn’t the cause of our badtemper and anxiety.
  22. 22. The classic example here is thestereotype of a woman who has beendumped by her lover and who turns toice cream and chocolate as aconsolation – eating her heart out. Mendo it too, of course!
  23. 23. If you think you like comforteating, well, stop it now with the help ofa Hypnotherapist Gold Coast.
  24. 24. More information at