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Is Comfort Food Causing Your Depression?

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Is Comfort Food Causing Your Depression? [EXPERT]
Why you shouldn't turn to comfort food when you're feeling sad or lonely.
Does that Happy Meal really make you happy?

If you are sad and depressed, no amount of waffle fries is going to change that. Feelings need a voice. They need to be expressed and heard and processed.

Feelings don't know what to do with a box of donut holes, which is partly why it's possible to eat so many of them and still feel "hungry" (their lack of nutritional value is also a factor!). How To Eat Healthier Without Even Noticing.

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This is why the results of this new study are even more worrisome. People are turning to this highly processed, commercially produced fast-food that is drowning in sugar, fat, and salt in part because they are looking for the "quick fix" of that fleeting chemical high.

But, in reality, the after-effects of such cheap and poor-quality food is leading them down the road to depression. It's going to become an endless cycle unless we take a few important steps to stop it in its tracks.

  • Eat real food

Whole food that hasn't been processed to death will give your body the actual nourishment it needs to function and feel satisfied. There is a difference between feeling "full" and actually feeling "satisfied" by your meal. Advice: My Boyfriend Isn't Supporting My Health Goals

Choose whole grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds — food that looks like it did when it came out of the ground or off a tree — and you can't help but experience a new level of satisfaction and nourishment that is easy to recognize.

  • Avoid excess sugar, salt, and fat whenever possible

What's considered "excess"? Well, you might not like the answer but, the truth is that your body only needs about 8 tsps of sugar a day to function. That's about two small pieces of whole fruit. Anything beyond that would be excess! You also only need about 1 tsp of salt per day. 5 Food Label Follies

To give you an idea, just one single slice of pizza contains a little more than 1 tsp of salt! As for fat, your body does require fat in order to function, but, ideally, no more than 12-20% of your daily calories ought to come from fat. Many fast food items are more than 50% fat in and of themselves!

  • Know the difference between your emotions and physical hunger

Don't try to fill your bathtub by running the kitchen sink. If you are sad or angry or lonely, then you need to deal with those emotions in an honest, healthy way.

Cry, express yourself, confront the person who has hurt you, or reach out to a professional coach or therapist to help you handle your feelings in a way that serves you. Learn how to recognize your body's actual hunger signals, eat good food when you're hungry, and stop when you're satisfied. Health Help: What Does 'Eating Well' Really Mean?

What do you think about all this? Do you turn to food when you're feeling sad, happy, or lonely? Do you think it really helps? I'd love to hear from you on this one! 

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