Eating is a wonderful activity that is both pleasurable and is often enjoyed as part of a social activity. Eating the right food refuels our body with that vital nutrients that our body requires so that we have the physical energy to carry out the activities in our professional and personal life and maintain a level of overall well-being.
However, eating does not always lead to well-being. Many of the food in our modern day diet contains empty calories as a result of processing, saturated fats and additives like sugar. Also, many people, especially working adults lead stressful, sedentary and desk bound lifestyle and maintains low to moderate level of exercise that is insufficient to burn the extra calories they ingest from food and regulate the stress that builds up in their systems. Left unchecked over time, this can lead to serious weight and health issues that can adversely impact their overall health.
Overeating also affects your well-being. Under stress, some people actually turn to food for emotional comfort to dull their pain from a myriad of problems – from unhappy divorce, stress experience in the workplace to stress from school and relationship problems. These people find that eating can alleviate some of the pain experienced. And they are right. Eating releases beta-endorphin, a natural opiate produced by our pituitary gland that can reduce stress and pain. For some people, this becomes a vicious cycle – the more they eat, the better they feel as a result of the beta-endorphin, and that causes them to eat even more. This can lead to excessive eating or overeating, which can cause weight issues and is detrimental to our overall health.
Now that you understand the effects that eating has on our well-being, try to be more aware of the types of food that you take and how your body is reacting to food. Keep a log of the food that you eat for each meal this week. Consult a nutritionist or do some research online to see if these foods contain empty calories. Adjust your diet if you are eating too many empty calories. When you have a craving for food, ask yourself honestly if it is due to hunger, which is a normal biological need, or if it is due to other motivations, like the ones mentioned in this article. In the latter case, it is better to seek early professional advice from your doctor.