This is something we hear all the time!

It is a common story; and like all stories, the more we say it, the more we believe it! If you struggle with self-control around food; it is important to address the likely causes, rather than shame yourself and obsess over it!

Firstly, look at possible physical causes of overeating/eating too much sugar etc. Are you simply hungry because you don’t eat enough during the day, or you don’t eat in a balanced way throughout the day?

If you don’t eat, your body will eventually ensure you are ravenous. If you only eat carbs, and avoid fat and protein, this will mess with your blood sugar levels and drive hunger!

Are you deficient in important vitamins and minerals? For example, magnesium is essential for regulating your blood sugar levels, if you are deficient you may be having blood sugar highs and lows that drive hunger.

Are your hormones imbalanced?

Are you exercising more? Exercise is great, it also can increase your nutritional needs.

Gut issues? If your microbiome (gut bacteria) are imbalanced; and you have too much of certain kinds of bacteria, you will crave sugar!

Are you eating to soothe/comfort yourself?

Are you eating for pleasure, because you get no joy or pleasure in your life? We all eat for pleasure however, it is not an issue if you have other ways of finding joy in your life.

As you can see there are many questions to ask, this is just some of them. These are the issues that need to be explored to understand certain behaviours around food, which is exactly what we do with our clients at Informed Health.

You don’t have a lack of willpower or discipline, there is always a reason for your food challenges. You need to look at the whole picture to learn what may be leading these behaviours around food. Fiona discusses this more in the video below.

If you relate, book in for a Mind Body Eating Coaching introductory session with Fiona.

Fiona Kane is a Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, Mind Body Eating Coach, Holistic Counsellor, Professional Speaker and writer on Health and Nutrition and the founder of Informed Health.

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