This is class number 5 in the AIM For Balance 12 week Program, but can be taken separately. This class will explore some of the reasons we eat and what part emotions play. I am not a therapist, but a coach, so we will look briefly into the following areas.
Emotional Eating/Food Cravings:
An enormous percentage of women crave sugar, carbohydrates, or alcohol. In most cases, these food cravings are not true eating disorders, but instead are signs of hormonal imbalance caused by a lack of healthy nutrition.
How to Curb Cravings:
Women who blame themselves for their food cravings only worsen their mood and increase their need for serotonin. That’s when a pattern of emotional eating can develop. Remember, there are biological causes of sugar cravings, and your carbohydrate craving is rarely just a behavioral problem. The root problem is more likely inadequate nutrition.
Stress and Anger:
Stress is part of our everyday lives, and it can create the same physiological responses as anger, such as increased heart rate and blood pressure. If you are eating as a response to anger and/or stress, some of these activities will help you calm down and deal with the issue at hand, instead of covering it up with food.
Sadness and Loneliness
These two emotions often go hand in hand. Loneliness can result in sadness, and sad people can often become withdrawn. Especially if you’re dealing with grief or spending a lot of time alone, it’s easy to turn to comfort foods or soothe yourself with foods that you associate with happier memories.
Pay attention to what you consume.
Class fees are $15.00 per person per class in a group setting or $20.00 per person per class as a private class and requires a reservation. Class price could change without notice.