Many mothers are under a great deal of stress and may struggle with their relationship with food. Linked to this post are two of my favorite articles regarding the subject of food addiction and overeating. I personally believe it helps to understand the science of the “why” of an issue to help recover. The articles are fairly lengthy but helpful.
Food and Addiction: The Dopamine Made Me Do It
Here is a summary for you:
The brain is a very powerful part of understanding overeating and food addiction. Food can trigger pleasurable chemicals in the brain that promote engaging in a cycle of overeating. The keys to breaking this cycle include some common self-care techniques.
– Move your body: This can be as simple as walking
– Sleep: This is an important restorative process for your brain and tiredness is a huge trigger for an addiction to continue
– Stress relief: What works for you? Meditation, physical activity, reading, etc
– Meditation: If you are new to meditation try free guided meditations at http://www.meditationoasis.com
– Balanced Diet: Keeping blood sugar steady is important in trying to stop overeating triggers
– Self-Awareness: Know your own triggers and plan ahead for them