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Overeating: An Epidemic in Western Society

April 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 140

The secret to health, happiness, and high energy?STOP OVEREATING!Overeating actually contributes to physical symptoms that many people are treated for every day.Do any of the following symptoms affect you?

·Weight gain/obesity ·Belly ringor "muffin top" ·Acid reflux or indigestion ·Fatigue, especially after meals ·Under eye circles ·Acne ·Moodiness, depression, stress, or anxiety ·Fuzzy thinking or inability to concentrate ·Trouble sleeping, or often waking during the night ·Difficulty waking up in the mornings without stimulants ·Joint pain

We have all been guilty of overeating at some time.Have you ever woke up in the morning after a huge meal feeling as though you were experiencing symptoms of a hangover, but you didn't drink any alcohol?It's a food hangover!

Although there are many people out there who have been diagnosed with an "overeating disorder", that is not really what I am referring to here.Many of us (yes, me included) often overeat just because we are really enjoying what we are eating, or we may be stressed, bored, tired from lack of sleep, or just plain hungry from skipping meals.This is a serious problem in our society.It is the cause of our obesity problemwhich is the main issue leading to serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease,cancer, and liver disease.

If I asked you what the leading cause of cirrhosis of the liver was you would likely say alcohol. Guess again.Obesity is one of the main causes of liver damage in most affluent countries!Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) is rising to epidemic proportions.What is the main cause of NAFLD?OVEREATING!Unless lifestyle changes are implemented, it is estimated that ten to twenty percent of people with fatty liver will go on to develop cirrhosis.In some of these cases, the only survival option will be a liver transplant.

Overeating causes the body processes, which normally will try to metabolize food, to go into overdrive to get rid of the huge food load.This means that much of what you eat will be stored as fat!You can stop this cycle by improving your insulin sensitivity.The following tips will help you improve your insulin sensitivity and help maintain more consistent blood sugar levels which, in turn, will help you to stop overeating:

1.Exercise 2.Eliminate fructose and sugar.No high fructose corn syrup, fructose sweeteners, sugar, fruit juice, or dried fruit. 3.Eliminate anything with trans fats, aka, hydrogenated oils on the label. 4.Add healthy fats to your diet.Increase your intake of Omega-3 fatty acids.Decrease your consumption of high Omega-6 vegetable oils such as corn oil, safflower oil, and fried foods. 5.Drink more green tea.Green tea is considered a glucose disposal agent 6.Add more cinnamon to your diet.Try adding cinnamon to your morning coffee.7.Keep healthy snacks readily available whenever possible.Don't allow yourself to skip meals until you are so hungry you will eat anything (and everything). 8.A diet high in fiber is extremely important.Plenty of vegetables, leafy greens, legumes (beans), and some fruit each day.Brown rice is also an excellent source of high fiber. 9.Keep your servings small.I'm not just talking about those super-size meals at the fast food places.Portion control is an important part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.Stop eating before you feel full.Even the healthiest foods with wreak havoc on your liver and body if you eat too much.Eat slowly and pay attention to your body.

Whether you are a compulsive overeater or you just overeat occasionally, slow down while you're eating.Pay attention not only to your body's signals of fullness, but also to how you feel in the hours after you have eaten.Do you feel energetic and giddy....or tired, achy and emotional?Some people keep a food diary to keep themselves accountable.Oh, and just because you don't write it down doesn't mean you didn't consume it (wink, wink).

Dewanna Abshure is a Certified Nutritional Counselor, and the "Guru" at the website. She is passionate about helping children and adults live a healthy, happy, high energy lifestyle through improving and maintaining one important part of their body...their liver.

To learn more about the amazing benefits of maintaining a healthy liver, consuming a liver cleansing diet, and a list of foods to include in the diet to improve liver function, please refer to the website.

You will also find healthy, liver-friendly recipes; health information for women, men, children, and athletes; organ donation information; supplementation advice; diet & detox plans; disease prevention tips; information on anxiety and liver function; and you can subscribe to the free quarterly newsletter, The Liverguru's Health Message.

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