Resources for Emotional Eating

baby eating

Oliver and Oats Photo by LB1860 / CC BY 2.0

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.

It’s All in the Brain

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

Move Mama!

Mother Bear

Photo: Mike Dunn, NC State Museum of Natural Sciences Credit: NOAA Climate Program Office, NABOS 2006 Expedition. Photo / CC BY 2.0

As mothers, it can be difficult to take care of ourselves physically. You are responsible for your tiny humans lives and they need to be fed, clothed and cared for. Their needs often come first. Just remember, movement can benefit your mood, your body and increase your energy level.

Even 5 – 10 minutes can be beneficial. Movement can be as simple as going out for a walk or stretching at home.

Here is an at home workout where no equipment is needed:

ACE FIT: At HOME

It includes a full body workout with a warm up, workout and cool down with no equipment.

JUST REMEMBER: Always check with your doctor before beginning any workout program.

A light in the darkness: Scary Thoughts

There is an abundance of information about postpartum depression around us. However, some women suffer from postpartum anxiety and postpartum OCD as well.

If you are having scary thoughts that you cannot control, these are called intrusive thoughts. Please know there is help for you out there if you are suffering.

The following is a great resource for mothers who are struggling:

Postpartum OCD & Intrusive Thoughts: When The Wheels Come Off