The Psychology of Eating and How it May Change Your Metabolism
The majority of people have been taught that good nutrition is just a function of eating the right foods and taking the proper supplements. While this is true, there is much more to this overly simplified equation.
What a person eats is only half the story when it comes to good nutrition. The other half of this story is who a person is as an eater. This means that they think, believe, feel the level of stress, awareness, pleasure, relaxation, and the individual’s inner stories that are lived out all impact a powerful, real, and scientific effect on a person’s nutritional metabolism.
The latest advances in the mind-body sciences have worked to prove what ancient wisdom traditions have stated for years – that the body and mind exist on a unique continuum and, as a result, impact each other profoundly.
Changing You – The Eater
There is good news with this new-found information. A person can change their metabolism, as well as their nutritional status without having to change anything they eat, but by changing themselves – the eater.
The fact is, many people have experienced profound breakthroughs regarding overeating, weight, and a long list of health issues and conditions when they started to practice some of the simple principles offered by eating psychology.
Here are some of the best-kept secrets that everyone needs to understand.
If Stress Causes Weight Gain – Relaxation Results in Weight Loss
It is pretty interesting how judgment, anger, anxiety, fear, negative self-talk, and stress can create a physiologic type of stress response in a person’s body. This means the individual begins to generate more insulin and cortisol, which are two hormones that have the adverse effect of signaling that the body needs to store fat, store weight, and stop working to build muscle. While this may sound a bit strange, a person changes their calorie burning capacity when they are under stress. What is even more incredible is that when a person learns to smile easily, breathe more deeply, and ease into life the body enters a physiologic relaxation as a response.
It is in this state that a person can create the optimal, daily, calorie-burning metabolism. This is why a person who is on the absolute best weight loss diet in the world, if they are an anxious mess, the power of the mind is limiting the body’s ability to lose weight. The fact is, way too many people try to follow a stress-causing weight loss plan, which creates more stress, ensuring the weight is going to stay put. Now is the time to try to relax into weight loss.
Happiness is the Most Effective Digestive Aid
When a person eats during times of high stress or anxiety, then they are likely going to suffer issues such as gas, cramping, heartburn, and other symptoms of digestive upset. During any type of stress, the body enters into the fight or flight response. While this is beneficial in life-threatening situations, it is not great for digestive health. In fact, when the fight or flight mechanism kicks in, the entire digestive system stops working. This is because all of a person’s energy is directed toward survival. This means a person could consume the healthiest food around, but if they are not eating during the optimal state of assimilation and digestion (which occurs when relaxing) a person is literally and metabolically unable to receive the nutritional value of the food being consumed.
Eliminate Toxic Nutritional Beliefs
Over time, many people have acquired toxic nutritional beliefs which are just as debilitating and harmful as the toxins in many modern food products. Many people believe that food is the enemy, it is food that makes them fat, and they are finally going to be happy when they are skinny. While these beliefs may seem harmless, they can create a negative relationship with food, which is filled with quite a bit of pain and suffering.
For example, if a person believes (really believes) “food is the enemy” their body is in a constant state of fight or flight. This stressor can result in all the problems related to a stress caused digestive shutdown, reduce the ability to burn calories, and an inner life that is never at a state of relaxation.
The question to ask is if a person has a nourishing relationship with food or a punishing one?
The fact is, the psychology of food is much more complex than a person may have ever imagined. Learning how to overcome these often adverse effects of a stressful life can actually help to reset a person’s metabolism and their entire relationship with food, leading to a healthier and happier person.