By Dr. Mercola
The connection between your food and your mood has been the focus of occasional scientific inquiry over the past couple of decades.
Your diet can have a pronounced biochemical effect on your mental health, but the reverse is also true—your emotional state can influence the foods you choose, as well as being a major force behind food cravings.
Dr. Brian Wansink1 of Cornell University, author of more than 200 articles and books about the psychology of eating, is featured in the PBS documentary "Food on the Brain."
This program explores the psychology of eating and provides tips and tricks for making better food choices when faced with the overwhelming number of products in supermarkets today.
Your Foods Influence Your Moods—And Vice Versa
The average supermarket now carries 43,844 different products.2 How can you even begin to make good choices when there are so many products from which to choose? Going shopping can be overwhelming.
Shoppers report that an abundance of choice can make decision-making difficult, and five percent of shoppers will simply walk away empty-handed when the scope of choices makes selection too overwhelming.3
But the influence also works in the other direction. Studies show that your emotional state may significantly control the types of foods you choose, as well as how much food you're inclined to eat.
Could Avoiding Overeating Be as Simple as Thinking Happy Thoughts?
When it comes to harnessing the power of your mind, there is probably no better tool than EFT, which stands for Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping). EFT is a form of energy psychology that helps you clear out unwanted emotions that can get in the way of achieving your health goals.
And EFT can help with a sudden attack of the munchies. While food cravings certainly feel physical, they're often rooted in unconscious emotions. Food works to temporarily suppress unpleasant feelings, and cravings are a powerful distraction!
By tapping on the craving itself, you can reduce your stress and release some of the emotions driving the cravings—and once you accomplish this, it's likely the craving will fade. Although tapping is often effective at reducing or eliminating cravings in the moment, it may not be sufficient to eliminate them permanently.
For permanent change, you might have to delve deeper into the emotional underpinnings of your eating behaviors. But the good news is, EFT is typically quite effective on both levels! If you want to learn more about EFT, please take a look at a few of our previous articles. The following will get you off to a good start:
- Basic EFT Guide
- EFT for food cravings
- EFT for weight loss
- EFT for intermittent fasting
- EFT for anxiety
Food for Thought
When navigating the thousands of food choices available today, it's important to remain grounded and mindful of your ultimate health goals. There's a powerful link between your brain, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and being aware of these connections is the first step in taking control of undesirable eating patterns.
If you're wondering why you aren't doing the things you know you "should" be doing, then, the next step may be to examine your personal eating psychology. Armed with a few tools, you'll get yourself back in the driver's seat again, instead of allowing unconscious emotions to drive your health downhill.