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This blog is to introduce you to numerous methods and ways to abstain from compulsive eating. The methods may include commonly
known techniques to control over- eating and links to favorite recipes, see for example http://food.blogtoolkit.com and
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Self-control, Food Seeking and Eating
This blog is about learning to control compulsions. Generally, compulsions have both brain and behavioral (environmental) factors
regulating its intensity. Food compulsion in particular can be deeply rooted in the manner of maternal weaning and attachment. That
sets a pattern in the way the brain regulates hunger drive and food seeking behavior. The early experiences and tendencies can set a
tone of relating and interacting with objects or stimuli associated with food. If emotional conflicts arise, which may not be related to
food, there will be conflicting response patterns. And if food is near the tendency can be to engage in compulsive food seeking
behavior. The energy arising from stress, mood and anxiety can find expression in food seeking and eating. The types of foods that are
sought can be a directly correlated to a particular mood that up-regulate or down regulate that mood. And the compulsion is like a trap,
one seeks foods that make the person feel good when they feel bad and the good feeling reinforces the seeking of that food.
Self-control is when the person is able to be aware of the trap-vicious cycle, delay gratification, be able to "mentalize", identify
conflicting emotions within oneself (internal stimuli), identify conflicting response patterns, and identify environmental stimuli
associated with food. Professional help may be needed to connect with god, to reduce troublesome feelings and to relearn response
patterns. Help is available here at BHITS / Q's Ministry if false body image is associated with food - substance seeking, food -
substance consuming, anorexia, self starving, bulimia, binge eating or purging.