Are You Emotionally Eating to Avoid a Life Change?

One of the most emotional times in your life is when you’re faced with an important change that you either do or don’t want to make. Even if it’s for the better, change is a scary thing at times, especially if what lies beyond it is unknown and you’re not sure what to expect.

Naturally, right around these moments, you’re going to be in an elevated emotional state. You’re going to be more stressed or sadder than you normally would be, making it a target time for emotional eating.

For example, you might be in a bad or unhealthy relationship. You know that you want to end it, but part of you dreads having to. Whether it be retaliation from the other party, ridicule among friends, or loneliness, there are a lot of things that you might be worried about.

It’s easy to get caught up in the short term negatives while ignoring the long term positives. Before a time like this, you’ll probably experience many emotional eating

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Anorexia – From a ‘Former’ Anorexic’s Point of View

How do you explain to people why you suddenly decide to stop eating? Why can’t other people see you the way you see yourself?

These are the two most common questions people with the eating disorder anorexia are faced with as their bodies gradually get thinner and thinner until they look like emaciated skeletons and in some extreme cases, starve themselves to death.

Of course there are no easy answers to these questions. Anorexia is an extremely complicated and dangerous illness. It’s an eating disorder that has it’s origins in the sufferers own mind. Unlocking the source of this horrendous disease has long baffled families and medical professionals trying to deal with it’s tortured victims. However I would like to offer an insight into just one person’s difficult struggle that lasted for more than 20 long years.

For me it began quite simply with Charlie’s Angels. Yes indeed, I can definitely pinpoint the beginning of my obse

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How to Stop Eating by Experiencing Enough

Do you ever have the sense that you just can’t quit eating? That there is never enough? That you are a bottomless pit? These experiences are an opportunity to look deeper, to find out what may be going on behind it.

Don’t blame your food or weight. Allow yourself to look deeper. You may discover that this sense of not getting enough permeates your life.

You may find you live life from an inner sense of poverty, a deep down sense of lack that virtually guarantees no amount of food will satisfy you. That no amount of friends, sex, clothes, or money will satisfy you.

When you look closer, you may find that feeling deprived of food today can be based on a very real experience of having been deprived in the past.

Consider a child who couldn’t get enough of her mother’s love. There is nothing the child can do about this. But as an adult, she is in control of how much food she could eat. So she eats more to make up for not having had enou

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Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Treatments

Patients suffering from functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGID) may have several types of difficulties in gastrointestinal functioning. These can include, poor motility causing vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, bloating and related difficulties in gastrointestinal functioning.. Such chronic symptoms may also cause additional distress both emotional and physical.

Gastrointestinal Treatments

The treatment of GI disorders differs based on the specific type of GI disorder that the patient is suffering from. There is a wide range of treatments available for FGIDs, ranging from dietary interventions to psychological interventions.

1) Probiotic treatments have been found to be useful in treating abdominal bloating, a sense of indigestion and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) because of the influence of the gut microbes on the brain-gut interactions. For people with IBS or related FGIDs, the homeostasis maintained by the gut microbes is disrupted

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The Differences of Anorexia Mirabilis and Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Mirabilis is literally defined as “miraculous lack of appetite” and was an ascetic practice that was done in the Middle Ages. While anorexia mirabilis and anorexia nervosa are both a form of self-starvation, there is a difference between the two in the reasoning behind this sacrifice.

It has been established that individuals that indulged in the Mirabilis form of anorexia did so for reasons much different than those that indulge in the nervosa version of anorexia. In this health guide, you will be introduced to the differences between these two eating disorders.

Anorexia Mirabilis in the Middle Ages

Anorexia Mirabilis or “holy anorexia” was practiced among women in the Middle Ages who fasted for the sake of God, as well as to prove that there was a separation between body and spirit. These periods of fasting were said to last months and some women would refuse all food except to eat the holy Eucharist.


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Anorexia: It’s Hard Work to Have an Eating Disorder

We often wonder how the mind works with someone who has an eating disorder. It might seem like because of how emaciated an anorexic is it must be easy for her not to eat. How else could she get so thin and still eat so little? We could never do that; it would be too hard.

An eating disorder is not included in the psychiatric diagnostic handbook as a dissociative disorder but it probably could be. According to the dictionary, to dissociate means “to sever the association with oneself” or “to separate.”

There is a continuum of the dissociative experience. We all experience it to one degree or another. When you are driving and “space out” and don’t’ remember part of the trip in how you got to your destination; that is a very mild form of dissociation.

The extreme form of dissociation is when someone experiences what used to be known as “multiple personality disorder.” It means they have split

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7 Signs That Michael Jackson Had an Eating Disorder

Michael Jackson has died and there are speculations about the cause of his death. Stress, drug problems, weak lungs and heart and extremely low body weight are all implicated. Numerous rumours suggest that at the time of his death Michael weighted slightly over 100 pounds. Taking into consideration his height 5′.10″ his BMI at the time of his death was 14.3 (compare to a healthy range BMI between 18.5 and 25.) This is about 29 pounds lower than would be considered a healthy level.

Low body weight can be a symptom of many diseases but in Michael’s case, reports saying that he suffered from an eating disorder.

Eating disorders often have their own causes and certain personality traits make different people more prone to developing them. Apparently, Michael Jackson had many personality traits that would make him susceptible to developing an eating disorder. His stressful life and deprived childhood could be causes for his mental problems.


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Eating Disorder Awareness – February 2011 – What the Numbers Mean

Ok, usually when you read an article about anorexia and bulimia it’s pretty depressing. There are stats about how many people have the disease, how many people don’t report it, how many new cases there are, how many girls (and boys too) worry about their weight, how much power the media has on body image…whew!

This article is going to be a bit different.

The image above covers most of the prevalent numbers in the eating disorder realm. Not too many people are completely in the dark about ED anymore. In the last 20 years the amount of information and awareness of ED has improved to the point where almost everyone, in the western world, has heard of Anorexia and Bulimia (and their lessor recognized cousins, Binge Eating and Excessive Exercise)

Most often articles on ED focus on these numbers. The ones in the image. The devastating reach of the disease.

We feel that there are far too few articles, movies and Facebook pages that focus on rec

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Are You a Binge Eater?

Even if we’re on a diet plan, we’re all guilty of overeating from time to time, especially when it comes to those special occasions – family get-togethers, dining out or attending special events. You know what I’m talking about – that bloated, uncomfortable feeling in the stomach, sometimes resulting in stomach-ache, after a huge meal.

Lots of us do it once in a while. But occasionally overeating is not Binge Eating Disorder. The National Association of Anorexia and Associated Disorders (ANAD) describe this disorder as: “Characterized by insatiable cravings that can occur any time of the day or night, usually secretive, and filled with shame.”

According to the UK National Health Service (NHS) they define this affliction as “Binge eating is an eating disorder where a person feels compelled to overeat on a regular basis through regular binges”. The general rule of thumb is given as at least once a wee

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How to Stop Binge Eating: Things That You Can Do to Stop Yourself From Overeating

Binge eating is an eating disorder where someone eats without exactly been hungry. A binge eater eats based on emotions and sentiments. They consume plenty of food within a short time when they are sad, depressed, guilt, stressed, angry or lonely. If this problem is not checked, it becomes a problem that cannot be disposed easily. This uncontrolled form of eating food is not only commonplace among the obese. It can affect anyone, young or old, man or woman, parents and even children.

If a child is suffering from a binge eating disorder, there are things to look out for. Firstly, you would notice that the child eats a lot in between meals especially during arguments and difficulties at school. Secondly, if your child is trying to add the fact that he or she just ate, you might have a binge eater on your hands. Most kids would put on weight because of these eating habits and would want to hide their weight inside baggy clothing.

There are health risks involved with someo

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