For Ernest Hemingway they were oysters. For Norie Ephron it was mashed potatoes. For countless recently cast movies and TV characters, this is ice cream
People are eating our emotions for as long as we remember. But that does not make it a good idea. Science is based on emotional food and comfort – the factors that cause cravings and the ways that affect us.
Large three hormones: cortisol, dopamine and serotonin. , causing our fight-or-flight instinct. It also regulates how our bodies use carbohydrates, fats and proteins. So, if we are stressed or anxious, and cortisol hits, it can make us capture the carbo-load.
"When we emphasize, our bodies are flooded with cortisol," said clinical psychologist Susan Albers. "It makes us want sweet, greasy, salty products."
Then there is a dopamine a neurotransmitter associated with the study of the award. It's kicking in the promise that something positive is going to happen, like eating the food you love. We are turning to food in which we get comfort, because they are so good that they give us the flow of dopamine, "said Albers," and we are looking for it again and again.
"There are studies that say that even with the ingestion of certain foods, dopamine is produced," said Karen R. Kenig, licensed clinical social worker, expert in nutrition psychology, blogger and author . This explains why scientists call it "the molecule of waiting" ̵
And let's not forget serotonin is known as a "happy" chemical, "when it falls to a low level, it can be associated with depression. The hormone and the neurotransmitter, the serotonin itself is not in food – but tryptophan the amino acid needed to produce serotonin is. Significantly associated with turkey, tryptophan is also found in raw, and that can be somehow Thanksgiving barks and grilled cheese sandwiches are a comfort. Carbohydrates can also increase the level of serotonin that can improve your mood, and chocolate is also associated with with a spasm of serotonin.
Nutrition can be a convenient distraction from emotion.
Sarah Allen, a psychologist specializing in mood and eating disorders, lists stress and boredom as two main factors of emotional nutrition. And that's because food is a challenge.
"Food gives us something to do. It fills our time, gives us the opportunity to postpone, "said Albert HuffPost.
We often use food to mark the time – lunch, for example, can provide a break in the working day, stretching. Thus, we are connected with food with relief or even excitement, and it is quite natural that we will achieve the same feelings when we are worried or sad.
"Events do not matter, we give them meaning," said Kennig. "The value of food is, I'll be happy. I'm not going to be in emotional discomfort. I will have this great experience."
This issue is also relevant when it comes to another form of emotional nutrition: happy food. Think of how you celebrate great achievements and special occasions, or even simply define fun trips. We treat our favorite products to determine the moment of pride or joy and we are doing activities as shipped. "We have a conscious and unconscious emotional discomfort," said Kenig. "Sometimes we know [what we’re feeling]we sometimes do not – we are in the cinema to get the pleasure of sweets."
We choose the familiar discomfort of food over the unfamiliar feeling of discomfort.
we just feel uncomfortable or not happy, and we have nothing to do with it. Instead, we just eat. Then we get what we know we will have: shame, repentance, sorry. … We are trading the first discomfort that is probably unfamiliar, and that we were afraid more of the familiar feelings that arise after the emotional eating.
Comfortable products do not seek to be healthy. We want us to eat a cake or paste or chips. There are several reasons for this, according to Albers: We have emotional memories around certain products that most likely relate to your grandmother's lasagation than salad. In addition, our culture classifies certain products as healing or guilty pleasures, and that is what we want to reassure or reward ourselves. In addition, something like candy gives you sugar in the blood, which makes you feel better at the moment.
But after we eat for emotional reasons, we may not feel too big – because we know that we overeat or consume unhealthy food. Or maybe we feel great – we celebrate a hard-earned action with a red velvet cupcake. In any case, we replace our initial feelings with the emotions that arise from food, from shame to pleasure.