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November is Healthy Weight Month
Do you eat when you’re not hungry?
Did you know that your mood can affect your eating habits and vice versa? If you want to avoid emotional eating that leads to weight gain, it is important to understand the delicate relationship between food and mood.
It is common to crave high-calorie, unhealthy foods when you are stressed or depressed. Your body doesn’t understand the difference between the stress from an everyday situation and stress from fighting for your life, so you may find your body wanting to fuel up for fight-or-flight mode. Eating in response to stress can become a vicious cycle. Eating all that sugary junk only increases your anxiety which leads to more unhealthy food consumption. As this continues, your body adapts to the intake of fats and sugars leading to a downward spiral of bad eating habits. This can cause a variety of health issues, the major one being excess weight gain. Being overweight or obese increases your risk for chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and some forms of cancer.
You’re not trapped! There is always a way to break the cycle. While eating unhealthy foods can keep you feeling sad and anxious, eating healthy food can make you feel happier. When you feel happier, you are more likely to crave healthier foods. Eating healthy food is an important part of obtaining and maintaining a healthy weight.