So Why Do You Overeat?

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One very important thing that I have learned in the last 6 years of coaching clients:  Overeating is rarely about just eating too much food!  Food is more than just food…..

Unless you are one of the rare people that realizes that food is fuel and so you eat only healthy food that your body needs, in the correct portions thus maintaining a perfect balance between calories in and energy used, chances are you are like the rest of us, you eat for other reasons…the longer you let those reason dictate what you eat the more unhealthy you are going to be. Sorry, just a fact! The truth will set you free!

One of the most important realizations that you can come to, that will have a huge effect on your long-term health, is what drives you to eat.

Stressed? – Many people overeat when they are stressed.  It gives them emotional comfort. Eating comfort food brings many people back to their childhood and a simpler time.

Bored? – I’m guilty of this one. Got nothing better to do so your forage in the kitchen looking for something to eat, filling in the time hoping that food  will end your boredom?  Doesn’t work well does it? Nope

Feeling lonely or unloved?  Most of us associate food with our childhood, a loving caring parent, baking us cookies, a warm family atmosphere while you share a meal around the kitchen table.  How’s that quart of Ben and Jerry’s filling in for your feeling alone?  Probably not doing to much for you but making you overweight and feeling more unloveable.

Life out of control?  Many eat because they feel powerless in other areas of their life. They overeat because they can and no one is going to tell them not to.  Eating is one of those things that we use as control.  I’ll eat what I want, when I want  and as much as I want, just watch me.

Feeling bad about yourself?  Ah what the heck, my job is going down the tubes, the kids are driving me nuts and the spouse is checked out.  I think I’ll eat a pint of ice cream and wow that tastes good. Many I hate myself for not having any control over my eating..and the cycle continues.

These are just a few of the more common reasons we overeat.

You can go a any diet you want but in the end you will not make permanent, life altering changes to your weight or your health until you identify and address why your overeat!

You DESERVE TO BE HEALTHY!

Magnesium!

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Magnesium 

In a perfect world, we would get all the vitamins and minerals we need from the food we eat.  Well this isn’t a perfect world and much of what we eat is nutrient deficient.  I rarely recommend supplements to my clients though I feel very strongly about a few.  Magnesium is one I whole-heartedly advise my clients to take.

Having had constipation issues for most of my life, I set out on a journey to find just the right combination of foods, exercise, fluid in-take and supplements that would get and keep me regular.  Magnesium is a huge component in that formula.  Besides supporting the elimination phase of digestion magnesium does a ton of other important things to keep you healthy. 

The vast majority of adults are magnesium deficient.  Here’s why.

Processed foods lack magnesium! Processing and cooking foods depletes many needed nutrients.
You need a certain amount of stomach acid to absorb calcium and magnesium.  Certain conditions as well as antacids deplete your stomach acids.
Some foods are high in oxalic and phytic acid and block the absorption of magnesium.
Junk food is lacking in magnesium.
Food is grown in magnesium deficient soil.
Many prescription drugs cause a magnesium deficiency.

Here’s what to do –

Eat a portion of your vegetables raw.
If cooking – steam quickly so they are still crispy.
Avoid eating Swiss chard, soy beans, and spinach on a regular basis as they contain oxalic acid that inhibits absorption of some key vitamins and minerals.
Avoid junk food.
Support organic farming. They understand the importance of the health of the soil and so their vegetables are more rich in nutrients.
Eat whole, organic fruits, vegetables and clean protein.
Supplement your diet with magnesium.

The power of Magnesium….
(and these are just a few…)

Helps with anxiety, depression, adrenal health and serotonin production.
Improve or eliminate muscle pain.
Protects against the toxic effects of chemicals such as food additives.
Is a blood thinner keeping things flowing and preventing vessel spasms.
Relaxes head and neck muscles that make migraines worse.
Helps to prevent muscle spasms of the heart blood vessels thus preventing heart attacks.
Reduces calcium build-up in arteries.
Increases bowel function which reduces toxicity  and  increases the efficiency of the absorption of nutrients.

As with any supplements it is important to do your research into how they will interact with the medications you are taking as well how this supplement will effect other conditions that you may have.

For more information check out The Miracle of Magnesium by Carolyn Dean.

This supplement has made a huge difference in my digestive health.

You Deserve to be Healthy