Are you eating non-stop and worried how to solve the issue? A more constructive, permanent solution is two fold:
Constant snacking isn’t always the result of past trauma or destructive beliefs – it can be real time triggers caused by just about anything.
At its core, it’s really just your brain trying to problem solve as quickly as possible – and based on my timeline lately, there are a whole lot of brains trying to solve the current crisis with food. 😉
Everywhere I look someone is joking about how much they’ve been eating and how much weight they’re probably gaining.
So, what’s up with that? What’s up with all the extra food consumption? Stay tuned for an explanation and some tips.
The causes? On the surface, the biggest, most easily blamed culprits are likely boredom, overwhelm & fear.
But I’m going deeper than that to explain exactly how and why those things cause overeating and what to do about it.
Your brain is basically a problem solving computer. It spends its day trying to keep you safe and alive.
That’s its job and it’s pretty good at it.
But it’s not always efficient. It’s locked up there alone in your head – it can’t see, hear, or feel what’s going on around it so has to rely on interpreting millions of little signals it receives from your body and the way it’s perceiving your environment.
And it relies on it’s memory bank (the habit centre) for much of our daily activities (so we can multi task by operating most of our day on auto-pilot) or when presented with a problem.
This is where the programming can get buggy and may drive you to the fridge a hundred times a day.
Life is busy, we’re busy, we’re distracted, our thoughts race, we’re disconnected from our thoughts, the present moment and from our bodies.
We’re even actively taught to ignore our bodies and listen to other people’s advice about what they need.
As a result, we stop being able to hear or understand what they’re telling us – but our brains are still getting the signals they send out and drives behavior as a result of what signals it gets.
Here’s an example of how that plays out to create non-stop snacking – particularly in the midst of life getting upended like it has recently.
You wake up and remember there’s no work or school, it’s another day of being alone (which you’re not used to) or being locked in the house with kids and a spouse all day (which you’re also not used to). You remember your parents are in a high risk zone and wonder how long this will last. You sigh – you’re trying to stay positive but those realizations come with some kind of feelings. Your brain gets the signal that you’re feeling some kind of way – in this case, probably fear, maybe overwhelm, uncertainty and dread.
That’s a trigger. And you probably don’t even notice it happening because you’ve already got kids screaming in your ear and a dog that wants to go out and you definitely don’t notice whatever feelings landed in your body with those thoughts – too much other stuff going on and you’re already trying to sort out what everyone wants for breakfast.