EMOTIONAL EATING - CAUSES AND STRATEGIES FOR CRAVINGS
Posted 8-2-98. The following information about "emotional eating" is summarized from an article in First for Women, published 3/3/97, pages 90 through 93. Click here to return to previous page.
||For: Sugary, starch foods such as pastries, candy, sugary cereals, French fries,
Why:Stress hormone, cortisol triggers release of insulin, in turn triggering a craving for refined carbohydrates (sugary, starchy food)
|Complex carbohydrates and foods rich
in vitamin B, such as:
||For: Salty, spicy food such as nachos, tortilla chips with guacamole or salsa,
cheese and crackers, salted nuts
Why:Salty, spicy foods stimulate the taste buds and salivary glands, giving a temporary feeling of stimulation.
|Combine carbohydrates and proteins to
increase mental alertness. Examples:
||For: Fatty foods such as fast foods, fried chicken or fish, ice cream, cheese,
buttery or traditional popcorn. Also, cravings for coffee or cola for caffeine.
Why:Fatigue triggers the release of galantin, which in turn triggers the desire for fatty foods, such as a hamburger and fries.
|Go for high-protein and mineral rich
foods and foods that tend to stabilize blood sugar. Examples:
||For: Sweets, especially chocolate
Why: Chocolate, and many of the simple carbohydrates found in most sweets, release serotonin, a brain chemical that boosts your mood.
|Foods rich in vitamins A and B-10,
And, some other strategies:
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