I attended a course recently on Female health where we looked at how to support hormone balance and learned about the symptoms and possible causes of conditions such as endometriosis, PMS, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and problems related to the menopause. A few days later I had separate conversations about the course with two friends who both said “can nutrition help with that then”?
Some food cravings are physical and very real, for example if we eat too much sugar, we can end up craving sugar. However, much of what and how we eat from day to day is dictated by our mindset.
I hear this so often in clinic from my clients. They’ve had a great few weeks since their last appointment because they were ‘in the right frame of mind’ or they’ve had a bad few weeks because they weren’t ‘in the right mindset’. It’s a word that comes up time and time again.
The reality is that comfort eating is anything but comfortable. Also referred to as emotional eating, overeating or bingeing, my experience of this started when I was going through an unhappy time in my life. I used work during the day and food in the evenings to occupy myself so that I didn’t have to think about, or deal with, what was going on. The unfortunate thing for me was that once the unhappy times had passed, the habit of comfort eating stayed with me for many years afterwards.