Is it What You Eat, or is it What’s Eating You?
There is a common quote that goes, “It’s not what you eat, but what’s eating you that matters most.”
It means that your moods, mental state, feelings, etc. have more impact on your health than what you eat. So, is this true or not?
It depends. We must be very objective about it if we’re going to make the right decision.
The truth of the matter is that the foods you eat have a direct impact on the way you feel. You’ll realize this if you drink coffee daily but decide to cut it out all of a sudden. Most people will experience caffeine withdrawal and other symptoms.
So, the food you eat does play a part in how you feel. If you eat foods that are high in sugar, you’ll experience a sugar rush and feel happy, but after a while, you’ll experience a sugar crash and feel sluggish and not too good.
To remedy the feeling, people eat more sugary foods to lift themselves again. It’s a vicious cycle and a catch-22 situation.
At the other end of the spectrum, some people use food as therapy instead of fuel. They eat when they’re happy, sad, full, and hungry.
Eating has become an afterthought to them. It’s just something they do, to help cope with life. As a result, they gain weight, lose self-esteem, become more miserable, and decide to eat more to deal with the problem. This is another vicious cycle.
If you’re trying to lose weight, the most important thing to do is to analyze your eating habits. What are you eating? When are you eating? How does the food make you feel?
If you’re eating when you’re not hungry, you need to ask yourself why. Are you bored? Are you stressed out? Are you craving for something sweet?
Just analyzing your eating habits will give you a better perspective and allow you to understand why you’re doing what you’re doing. If you’re stress eating, the solution will be to de-stress by doing something fun and/or relaxing.
Instead of eating, you might wish to meditate or listen to music. When you get home tired after a day of work, instead of crashing on the couch and watching TV while you devour pizza and ice-cream, you may wish just to get a good night’s rest.
Keep a food journal. Record down how the food you eat makes you feel. You’ll notice that some foods affect your moods. If you eat sweet foods, you may crave more sweet foods.
So, you need to minimize your consumption of those. If you consume carbs at night, you may feel bloated and sluggish the next morning. You might want to change that too.
It all depends on how you feel. By keeping a journal and tracking what you’re eating and how you’re feeling, you’ll be able to manage your diet and eating habits.
Your feelings, emotions, and mindset play a role in your weight loss journey. Be in control of them and your weight loss goal will be attained much sooner and with less heartache and struggle. Once you control your mind, you can conquer your body.