Stop Emotional Eating, Essential Practice: Eat Breakfast with Protein

Jun 03, 2020
 

Women who struggle with emotional eating and uncontrollable food cravings typically are in the habit of not eating breakfast. Many say they don't like breakfast or aren't hungry in the morning.

However, eating breakfast every morning is one essential practice in overcoming emotional eating. Although this practice might seem too simple and hard to believe that applying it will enable you to put an end to emotional eating, I urge you to read on and learn what actually happens in your brain and body when you do skip breakfast and look at the evidence that supports the positive effects of eating breakfast.

In addition, you might be in the camp that I was in for many years, restricting my food intake and afraid to eat more food. If you have been participating in restrictive dieting you may be actually binge eating for emotional and physiological reasons. You like so many women have been brainwashed into thinking that eating less is better, you may be afraid to open up...

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Research Finds EFT Reduces Anxiety & Depression

Jun 01, 2020

Given the state of affairs here in the US and elsewhere many people are experiencing distressing and disturbing emotions.

If you are struggling with anxiety and depression, applying Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) aka Tapping can be a simple and effective way to experience relief!

In an article published in "Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice August 2017", “Secondary psychological outcomes in a controlled trial of Emotional Freedom Techniques (aka Tapping) and cognitive behavior therapy in the treatment of food cravings.” Anxiety and depression scores significantly decreased from pre-to post-intervention for the EFT group, and were maintained at 6- and 12-month follow-up.

In my practice I have witnessed first-hand how Emotional Freedom Techniques can relieve anxiety and depressive symptoms.

Below are some additional highlights from the study:

  • First controlled non-inferiority trial to examine the effectiveness of two psychological interventions,...

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How to Apply Mindful Tapping to Release Disturbing Emotions

May 30, 2020
 

How to Apply Mindful Tapping to Release Disturbing Emotions

Mindful Tapping ~ This Gentle Technique Will Empower You to Experience Freedom, Peace & Success!

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens.
Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.

What is Mindful Tapping?

Mindful Tapping is a gentle and easy way to listen, accept and evolve distressing and uncomfortable emotions and experience more freedom, peace and success in your body, mind and spirit. As a mindfulness practitioner I have...

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Self-Esteem and Stress: How to Break Free of Stress and Feel Better About Yourself

May 23, 2020
 
Life is full of cycles: the progression of seasons, day changing to night and interval cycles in a piece of music. Stress also has a cycle which affects our behavior, self-esteem and ultimately, our experience and perception of life. When you’re caught in the stress cycle, something triggers your stress and you engage in reactive behavior which leads to negative thinking and low self-esteem.

Take a moment and think about this. Recall a time in your life when you were feeling overwhelmed with stress. Notice the decisions you made. What was your behavior like? How did your stress affect your relationships? And how did you feel about yourself? Thinking back, how do you feel now about how you behaved? If you are like most of us, the answers to these questions are not positive or flattering. We may even cringe and be uncomfortable remembering these times. However, know this is not you on a good day. There is not something wrong with you and you are not deficient in some way. It...

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Tapping to Release Fear of Change and Get on With Your Life

May 18, 2020
 

Is fear keeping you stuck and unable to take actions that support the best version of yourself?

One of the biggest obstacles I see in my practice is the fear of change. In some or many ways it is so much easier and familiar living the same, even if the current habits, conditions and circumstances are not working well and are even painful. Often the pain of the familiar self-destructive behavior has to be so great in order to become willing to make the jump from familiar to the unknown.

Changing your daily habits and developing more self-respect will likely change all of your relationships. When embarking on the journey to heal your dysfunctional relationship with food, weight and body image, you will likely be led to address other dysfunctional relationships in your life. When you recover from the fog of overeating you begin to see your world with more clarity and insight. The changes you make might threaten some of your relationships.  However, if you persevere and learn to...

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Are You Overfed and Undernourished?

May 13, 2020

Did you know?

Stress depletes nutrition. Simply put, anxiety, rushing, forcing, pushing, and negative self-talk all put the body in the physiologic fight-or-flight response.

In this stress state, vitamins and minerals are excreted, blood flow to the digestive organs dramatically decreases, calorie burning is slowed, and hormones that signal the body to gain weight are produced.

Our mental/emotional state powerfully influences our nutritional metabolism, regardless of the good and healthy food we may have eaten.

Relaxation is the optimum state of digestion and assimilation. Our amazing bodies are designed to metabolize a meal and burn calories under “parasympathetic dominance”, also known as the physiologic “relaxation response”.

If you are an anxious and/or hurried eater the following technique will shift the body from a stress state of poor digestion and low calorie burning, to a relaxation state of high nutritional metabolism, in less than a minute....

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What's Really Keeping You From Releasing Excess Weight?

May 12, 2020
 

Are you struggling to release excess weight? Or once you have lost the weight does it quickly come back on?

If you are having difficulty losing weight and/or keeping it off then you might be overlooking a common core issue that needs to be resolved before you can achieve sustainable weight loss.

The issue can simply be whittled down to this question, “Are you putting your life on hold until you lose weight?”

Many women tell themselves that when they lose the extra pounds, they will; begin dating, look for a new job, speak up to my husband, learn to dance, buy nice clothes… you get the picture.

The truth is we often have fears about taking actions in some area(s) of our lives, holding on to the struggle with weight we avoid living a fuller life.

In this video I’m inviting you to take a closer look and begin exploring the deeper drivers that are in the way of you reaching your health and fitness goals. In it, I give you an easy technique that will aid you in...

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✨ Self Love ~ Learn to Love Your Body✨

May 06, 2020
 

Learning to love your body is fundamental to positive self esteem and body confidence.

In this week's video, I share a perspective and some practices that have enabled me and many of my clients to heal their relationship with their body, and start treating ourselves with love, honor, and respect.

Wishing you self-love!

Much love,

Maria

If you are new to Tapping check out my video, What is Tapping? here: https://www.bodyconfidencesolutions.com/blog/Tapping-EFT

To learn more about Maria and Body Confidence Solutions go here: https://www.bodyconfidencesolutions.com/

Get My free e Book, Three Practices to Overcome Emotional Eating here: https://www.bodyconfidencesolutions.com/three-essential-practices

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Are Food Cravings & Emotional Eating Sabotaging Your Weight?

May 01, 2020
 

Overcome Food Cravings and Emotional Eating

If you want to put an end to uncontrollable food cravings and emotional eating it is important to understand the role of stress and learn how eliminate it.

Stress is a biological response experienced on encountering a perceived threat. The body releases hormones, predominantly cortisol and adrenaline, which help prepare it to take action, for example by increasing the heart and speeding up breathing.  Many factors can trigger this Fight-or-Flight response, including dangerous situations and psychological pressures, such as work deadlines, exams, and sporting events.

This readiness to expend extra energy ideally passes quickly; however, some people find themselves in a nearly constant state of heightened alertness. This is chronic stress, which can be caused by high-pressure jobs, financial difficulties, challenging relationships — or by your thoughts and feelings, like consistently living in fear, anxiety and...

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✨Emotional Eating: Understand the Role of Stress and Eliminate it ✨

May 01, 2020
 

Stress is a biological response experienced on encountering a perceived threat. The body releases hormones, predominantly cortisol and adrenaline, which help prepare it to take action, for example by increasing the heart and speeding up breathing.  Many factors can trigger this Fight-or-Flight response, including dangerous situations and psychological pressures, such as work deadlines, exams, and sporting events.

This readiness to expend extra energy ideally passes quickly; however, some people find themselves in a nearly constant state of heightened alertness. This is chronic stress, which can be caused by high-pressure jobs, financial difficulties, challenging relationships — or by your thoughts and feelings, like consistently living in fear, anxiety and worry.  A long list of symptoms has been associated with chronic stress: among them, but certainly not all, are extreme fatigue, headaches, and difficulty sleeping, digestive problems, changes in appetite and...

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