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Can calories make you happy? Sometimes eating or feeling famished is not just about food. We often eat when we are lonely, frustrated, sad or angry which makes choosing foods as a response to an emotional need.
For most people, food is more comforting than talking to a friend or another person. Emotional eating has become a big part of some people’s weight problem. Instead of them coping with painful and difficult emotions, they use food as a magic potion. When the going gets tough, they stuff!
Food can be very comforting but for food therapists, food is the only comfort. They have formulated one universal response to every problem: EAT!
To determine whether or not you are one of them, answer the following questions, honestly.
When my boyfriend/girlfriend ditch me for my best friend, chocolates can cheer me up.
I like to go on a food trip whenever I feel like nobody cares about me.
When I am in the middle of a diet, I cheat because I feel I deserve a little treat.
When my boss rants at me because of something petty, I usually feel better after eating a giant bowl of ice cream.
When my best friend betray me, I feel better after finishing a bag full of potato chips and candies.
I crave for a particular food whenever I feel stressed.
I always gain weight when I am under pressure.
I usually overeat on weekends and day-offs.
I feel particularly compelled to go to a restaurant and celebrate after every accomplishment.
Whenever I feel lonely, I make myself feel good by eating everything I want.
If you scored 9 and up, you are a true blue Food Therapist. Hurray! But don’t eat just yet. This is not a very good reason to go on an eating spree, I tell you.
It is perfectly natural to turn to food for comfort on certain occasions. At least once in a while but don’t overdo it.
Here’s the truth, food therapy is a scam. It actually doesn’t work. Sure, You will feel better for a moment or two, but once the food is gone and the taste leaves your mouth the problem still remains.
If you always turn to food for comfort, then you are confusing temporary pleasure as solution to problems. A problematic guy who takes on his first glass of whisky and the overweight person who eats an entire layer of cake both believe that they are indulging in necessary pleasure as payback for their suffering.
The truth is these are destructive pleasures. All of these will eventually cost you far more than the pleasure’s worth.
Wake up! This is the real world, problems, tensions and tragedies are just part of life. If you tied yourself up to one solution which is “to eat” to all and every problem you encounter, then you are just adding great insult to the injury.
When you eat because of something or someone, then you already accepted defeat by giving that person or that thing power over you. Stop now! Don’t let that thing or that person win twice. First, by hurting you and second, by making you fat.
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