Over eating due to stress and worry can do our bodies great harm. We can make changes that will make us healthier and better people. We can bring binging under control and overcome the stress of everyday living.
Eating too much food does really bring on stress and depression according to research and Pamela Peeke, MD. Consuming large quantities of fats and sugar makes you feel emotionally drained and physically ill. Binging is more about coping with life rather than food. Binging secretly also brings on shame and guilt. You can’t win by over eating. To over come stress and instability is difficult but by halting binging and learning how to adapt to your situations in life can be done with every day practice.
Start by being mindful of every mouthful you take. Use a small plate and make it colorful and inviting. Choose red, green, yellow vegetables, fruits and whole grain to fill your plate. Sit down at the dining table and eat slowly. Enjoy the texture and flavor of every bite. Don’t read or watch TV while eating. Keep your mind completely on your food. Keep junk food out of your house, so if you do binge, at least it will be healthy food. You don’t need unhealthy junk food and neither does your family. Get the family on the band wagon and go whole hog.
Think constructive thoughts and don’t go on the guilt or blame trip. Learn to forgive yourself and friends for trespasses. Nobody is perfect and we have to live with each other. Remember that food intake should decrease as we age. We still need nutrition but eating more nutrient rich foods that contains less calories is a must. Those extra calories turn into fat and that we do not want.
Remember that our bodies are made for walking and so are our brains. Researchers at the University of Arkansas examined 300 older dementia free people who recorded the number of blocks they walked each week. Those who walked as much as six miles a week had more gray matter nine years after the study than those who didn’t walk as much.
The lesson seems to be to eat less calories but more nutrient rich foods. Think constructive thoughts. Leave off the guilt and blame and keep the body moving for a healthy, dementia free life. Here’s luck to everyone.