What’s Eating You?

By Julie Daniluk

Emotional eating is an acquired habit.

If you’re angry, sad, happy, bored or anxious, food can bring you temporary comfort and pleasure.  This is how you’ve trained your brain to feel rewarded and soothed.  With many addictions, a recovery program focuses on eliminating the substance or behavior from your life.  With food, you have no choice but to keep eating, so it becomes a difficult challenge to strike a balance.  One of the great ways to reduce cravings while also boosting your mood naturally is with Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish, flax, chia and hemp hearts.

According to Carl C. Pfeiffer, M.D., a huge part of mental wellness is balanced brain chemistry.  The advice, “Eat more foods that grow on plants, and eat fewer foods that are manufactured in plants,” holds a lot of truth—refined food lacks the hundreds of nutrients your brain needs to function correctly.

Some people who suffer from anxiety, attention deficit disorder and depression produce high levels of substances called pyrroles.  Pyrroles are naturally formed in the body as a by-product of red blood cell formation.  If these pyrroles are not eliminated properly, they bind to vitamin B6 and zinc.  This binding renders these nutrients unavailable to cells and creates an apparent deficiency.  As a result, supplementation is needed.

If you do suffer from any emotional conditions, gently start to incorporate more natural foods.  And I encourage you to read Pfeiffer’s book, Nutrition and Mental Illness, especially regarding supplement programs for various mental-health issues.

Nutritionist Julie Daniluk hosts The Healthy Gourmet on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), a reality cooking show that looks at the ongoing battle between taste and nutrition. Her first book, Meals that Heal Inflammation, advises on allergy-free foods that both taste great and assist the body in the healing process. 

Check out more on this story, amazing recipes and nutrition tips at www.juliedaniluk.com 

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