Do you use comfort food to alter your mood?
Let's explore the cravings for comfort food!
The body has nutritional needs, and the mind has emotional needs, but we mix them up. By understanding the reasons, we seek emotional comfort from sweet, salty, fatty and habitual foods, you can develop strategies to support your needs.
Why Do You Seek Comfort From Food?
From infancy, food is associated with comfort because our mother's milk is soothing. Consequently, we develop emotional reliance on instant gratification from "comfort" food. Fortunately, you can change this psychological association by consciously considering how you use food for comfort. Which of these reasons to indulge do you relate to?
- Emotional regulation (overwhelm, fear, boredom, stress, numbness).
- Hedonistic indulgence (treats, self-reward, excitement, celebration).
- Habitual patterns (traditions, memories, nostalgia, certain places).
- Mental rebellion (bored with food, feeling left out, self-sabotage).
- Negative influences (advertising, media, family, friends, colleagues).
- Physiological (blood sugar, bacteria, addiction, malnutrition, toxicity).
Now, ponder what foods you turn to. What flavors, tastes, and textures do you desire? What memories, emotions, feelings, or experiences is your MIND seeking? Self-reflection is the solution.
The BODY drives some cravings:
- Blood sugar (imbalances trigger appetite and mood swings).
- Malnutrition (cravings can signal missing minerals and fats).
- Bad Bacteria (pathogens manipulate desires for unhealthy food).
- Addiction (e.g. refined carbohydrates including sugar and flour).
- Acidity (toxins in the blood drive our acidic preferences).
We 'grab' comfort food quickly, driven by unconscious habitual impulses. Bacteria and toxicity also trigger these misguided decisions. Whereas, a fully nourished and cleansed body craves alkaline nutrition.
Dr. Sebi told us that nutrition heals compulsion: "It is not always easy to stop eating the many acidic foods we've enjoyed for so long and have become addicted to, but, it can be accomplished through cleansing and nourishing our bodies."
Under stress and duress, we make bad decisions, digestion is reduced and less nutrition is absorbed. Conversely, when you feel relaxed the body is optimized for nutritional assimilation and critical thinking. Experimenting with new foods reduces rebellion, Dr. Sebi's Nutritional Guide lists natural ingredients for you to enjoy.
What can you do to combat emotionally-driven cravings?
- Be mindful - slow down and breathe deeply to think more clearly.
- Explore emotions - What do you feel? Where in your body?
- Feel the feeling - let emotions come and go, don't block them.
- Self-soothe - find ways to support yourself without food.
- Healthy options - research healthy treats you rely on to turn to.
Using this process of mindfulness, exploration, feeling, soothing, and healthy options will help regain control.
A lack of nutrition can also drive cravings. Which of these mentally nutritious foods are you eating?
- Brazil nuts
- Dark leafy greens
- Raisins (seeded)
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Fighting Cravings and Conscious Control
Don't be afraid of comfort food, instead enjoy the immense pleasure it can bring. But, make slower and more mindful decisions by taking time to taste. Prepare yourself with delicious healthy treats and find enjoyable ways to nourish your emotional needs. You can follow Dr. Sebi's Official YouTube Channel for easy, healthy, alkaline-electric Journal. Breathe. Pause. Eat.