Feeding Your Feelings

Eating to feed a feeling, and not a growling stomach, is emotional eating.

Food does more than fill your stomach — it also satisfies feelings, and when you quench those feelings with food when your stomach isn’t growling, that’s emotional eating.

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Emotional eating is eating for reasons other than hunger. Instead of the physical symptom of hunger initiating the eating, an emotion triggers the eating.

How to Tell the Difference

There are several differences between emotional hunger and physical hunger, according to the University of Texas Counseling and Mental Health Center web site:

1. Emotional hunger comes on suddenly; physical hunger occurs gradually.

2. When you are eating to fill a void that isn’t related to an empty stomach, you crave a specific food, such as pizza or ice cream, and only that food will meet your need. When you eat because you are actually hungry, you’re open to options.

3. Emotional hunger feels like it needs to be satisfied instantly with the food you crave; physical hunger can wait.

4. Even when you are full, if you’re eating to satisfy an emotional need, you’re more likely to keep eating. When you’re eating because you’re hungry, you’re more likely to stop when you’re full.

5. Emotional eating can leave behind feelings of guilt; eating when you are physically hungry does not.

The first thing you need to do to overcome emotional eating is to recognize it.

Emotional hurts that occurred in your early childhood may be the root of your emotional eating today.   Yet, it is not always easy to recognize those hurts in yourself.  You may not have a clear memory of when or why or what caused the negative belief about yourself that results in your emotional eating. You may only be aware that every time you talk to your mother on the phone, you need to have a bowl of ice cream afterward.  Or that a disagreement with your spouse sends you heading for the potato chips.

The Emotional Weight Loss™ system calls these emotional hurts “negative core drivers.” Examples of negative core drivers are: rejection, powerlessness, vulnerability, feeling unlovable or defective, or feeling emotionally deprived.

Negative core drivers and beliefs about our self are not accurate or reliable – they are just plain false!  The problem is that our nervous system doesn’t believe it and acts accordingly, making the choices that support those false beliefs!

The key is to reset the brain to lose weight and keep the weight off!

The Emotional Weight Loss™ system uses QNRT, Quantum Neurological Reset Therapy, to make these shifts. QNRT is a system of healing that happens from within and recognizes and restores the connection of the brain, the body, and nervous system to remove the blockages so that the body can heal itself.

QNRT combines a unique biofeedback technology with a nervous system relay therapy to neurologically reprogram the brain/relay access points – the places where our body’s neurological and emotional programs reside. Simply put, the QNRT process actually “re-wires” the nervous system.

QNRT is non-invasive, requires no prescription, no manipulation, no physiotherapy and no extensive talk therapy.

Dr. Michael Roth is a certified practitioner of QNRT and The Emotional Weight Loss™ system.  For more information, go to www.qnrt.com and www.rothwellnesscenter.com. To schedule an appointment, contact drmroth@sbcglobal.net or call 805-644-0461.


Is Switching to Organic Foods a Good Move?

by Michael Roth, DC

Flickr photo credit Muammerokumus

Flickr photo credit Muammerokumus

When you go to the grocery store, do you drop by the organic food section or walk past it? Do you know what the difference is between the food on the organic aisle and the other aisles? Simply put, organic food is free of chemicals, antibiotics, and growth hormones.  In other words, they are 100% natural.

There are 3 main reasons why people eat organic food. Let’s take a look at what they are.

1. Better Health
For most people, the biggest motivator for switching to organic food is that it’s better for the body and health. Feeding your body with food laden with chemicals and pesticides puts you at a higher risk of developing health problems such as cancer. It is disconcerting to know that eating an average apple means eating about 9 pesticides, and this is after you’ve washed it. With organic food, you can be sure you are not harming your body with such toxic substances. Some say that organic foods contain more nutrition. However, this is still up for debate. A recent study by the Department of Human Nutrition, University of Copenhagen does not support that claim. On the other side of the coin, a US study by the Organic Centre found organic food to have 25% higher nutrient levels as compared to conventional food.

2. Better Environment
Organic farmers do not utilize chemical fertilizers and pesticides to increase their yield. Instead, they use eco-friendly methods such as crop rotation, green manure, compost and biological pest control. Organic farming may not produce as much yield as conventional farming but it contributes to soil and water conservation as well as reducing pollution. Certain pesticides and chemical fertilizers can damage the soil and nearby surroundings. By choosing to eat organic food, you are indirectly doing a small part in protecting the environment.

3. It Tastes Better
Does organic food really taste better? The difference in taste is more pronounced in certain foods, not all. Many people have commented that food such as chicken, bananas, strawberries, celery, milk and carrots does taste better when they are organic.

According to a Harris poll dated October 2007, a majority of people believe organic food benefits the environment and health. However, the percentage of Americans buying organic food “all or most of the time” is only 7%. Approximately 30% buy organic food occasionally. Why is that? Organic food may have its benefits, but not many are willing to pay twice or three times more for it. The good news is that there are ways to avoid blowing your budget when buying organic food:
– Buy in clubs or co-ops
– Buy directly from farmers
– Buy in bulk
– Buy store brands instead of name brands
– Plant your own organic garden
– Buy in season
– Don’t have to switch over to organic food 100%. The following fruits and vegetables are listed by Environmental Working Group (EWG) as the top 12 most contaminated: peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, kale, lettuce, imported grapes, carrots and pears. So give priority to these foods.

So, is switching to organic food a good move? Yes!  If you think so, too, then don’t hesitate to make the switch. It may be pricier, but there are ways to keep the expenditures down.

Chemical Stress and the Mind/Body Connection, part 2

by Dr. Michael Roth


Yesterday I wrote about chemical stress and explained how a white film or coat on your tongue might be indicative of toxicity and/or stress in your digestive system. My intention was to provide a simple means of evaluating whether there might be stress in your system. This blog is not meant to diagnose a condition, but to provide some information. That being said, many of you asked yesterday what can be done if there is a film on your tongue. There are many causes. The most common that I see on a regular basis is diet related as well as some prescription drugs.  For most people, reducing their sugar and dairy intake for 7 to 10 days will generally improve the digestive stress. The film will disappear in most cases. If it does not, something else may be going on. I hope this answered your questions!

Stress and the Belly Fat Connection