“Let thy food be thy medicine,
Let thy medicine be thy food.” - Hippocrates 460 BC
These words are eternally true. Whatever you put into your mouth must be beneficial for the body. The food that does not help you get and stay healthy will only hurt you. If you are eating out of an emotional need and not from physical hunger then you need to look at your emotional wants and find what is lacking in your day or current situation or life in general.
Most people eat out of an emotional need rather than a physical hunger. You may find yourself skipping a meal because you are upset and you do not ‘feel’ like eating. This ‘feeling’ is an emotional feeling and has very little to do with when you last ate and how much you ate.
We can draw a parallel between eating and consuming alcohol. People drink when they are happy and people drink when they are sad. People also eat unhealthy when they are happy and people eat unhealthy food when they are sad.
Look at your emotions and try to tackle them and work through them instead of using food as a substitute.
Here’s an easy tip. Next time you feel like putting something in your mouth, reach for water and drink 2-3 cups of it which is at least 16 – 24 oz.
Usually we replace our need for water with hunger and reach for a bite when all we need is pure clean water. Water also balances your emotions, supplies you with oxygen and stabilizes your body temperature.
Finally remember “There is no diet that will do what eating healthy does. Skip the diet. Just eat healthy.” Your body deserves it and so do you. A healthy body is needed for a healthy mind and a happy heart.