On fundamental level we must eat to survive, but these days we eat for many reasons. Statistics show that the average teenager today experiences the same level of stress as a 25 year olddid in the 1950’s. The most common issues causing stress in our nation are health care, the economy, trust in government, hate crimes and crime, wars/conflicts with other countries, and terrorist attacks in the United States. About one in five Americans cited unemployment and low wages, and climate change and environmental issues as issues causing them stress.With so many variables of life to deal with, it is not hard to see why the obesity rate is at 69% as a country. Lots of stress, fast food combined with stress and a busy schedule, it can be easy to fall into that 69% category.
Stress eating is eating as a way to suppress or soothe negative emotions like anger, fear, boredom, sadness and loneliness. Many studies have shown that physical or emotional distress increases the intake of food high in sugar and fats. Once eaten, sugar and fat filled foods seem to have a feedback effect that inhibits activity in the parts of the brain that produce and process stress and related emotions. These are known as comfort foods in that they seem to counteract stress and this may contribute to people’s stress-induced craving for those foods.Emotional eating only suppresses feelings. It doesn’t change them. It’s like an annoying door to door salesman, if we don’t answer they’ll keep knocking. We might as well answer it sooner than later. Until we answer the door we’ll just keep suppressing emotions. If we deal with these issues, the cravings and urges will go away.
The first step toward reducing emotional eating is stopping yourself anytime you feel hungry and analyze your feelings. Ask yourself: Are you hungry? Are you hungry because you a sleep deprived or stress? Are you hungry or are you just a creature of habit. Determine whether your hunger is originating from your stomach or your mind. Instead of running off to grab food, take a few moments to think about your hunger to determine if it is emotional or physical.
A very effective medication to combat stress and emotional eating is Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN). In 1995, naltrexone was approved by the FDA as part of a multidisciplinary intervention for alcohol abuse. These days, naltrexone is still commonly utilized for the management of opioid and alcohol dependence, and is occasionally utilized off-label for the treatment of impulse control disorders. LDN modulates appetite, reduce insulin resistance, increases ability to control impulses, and can improve sleep and sleeping patterns.
LDN works by blocking serotonin and dopamine from attaching to cells or nerve receptors in the brain. LDN modulates appetite, reduce insulin resistance, increases ability to control impulses, and can improve sleep and sleeping patterns. This means that you will be able to break those habits and form new healthy ones. It takes 30 days to form a habit and another 60 days to turn that habit into a life style. LDN will assist in making this transition as painless as possible (the first month is always the hardest) and keep you on track to hit your goal.