“And if you don’t know, now you know” – Notorious B.I.G.
After watching a Red Table Talk today, which is a Facebook television talk show starring Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, and Adrienne Banfield-Norris, I learned that the family had various relationships with food, mostly poor ones. If I recall correctly, it was Will Smith who guest starred and admitted that he ate emotionally. What I realized was that I do the same thing!
For me, my vice is sweets. I tend to eat a lot of candy and crappy sugary things – addictively. Recently, I bought myself a variety of sweets and told myself that it would last the month. It didn’t survive even two days. I never thought about the relationship between my food habits and my emotional state. Doing my own research, I realized that there was a correlation between me being constantly stressed and at times depressed and my cravings for sugar…which is more addictive than cocaine (look it up).
I have always been the type of guy, since an infant, to bottle up my emotions or issues and try to sort them out myself. Most of the time, it worked. But sometimes, it dug me into a hole that didn’t have a ladder waiting for me at the bottom. Rather, there was wood and glue but it was up to me to MacGyver my way out of it. As I got older, my lack of openness got even more private, as I knew most people would judge my insecurities or claim my problems to be “rich people problems” or “first world problems”. Thankfully, I have found a few individuals with whom I can open up to, but besides those conversations, I continued to try to sort it out myself and found myself affecting my health in the process.
According to Help Guide, this is how they relate stress to sweets: “Stress – Ever notice how stress makes you hungry? It’s not just in your mind. When stress is chronic, as it so often is in our chaotic, fast-paced world, your body produces high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol triggers cravings for salty, sweet, and fried foods—foods that give you a burst of energy and pleasure. The more uncontrolled stress in your life, the more likely you are to turn to food for emotional relief.”
This hit me like a ton of bricks. To go even deeper, I had been breaking out in small rashes in a few parts of my body and my facial skin would flare up randomly. Talking to doctors, dermatologists, and skin specialists, they all asked me if I was stressed or depressed! It took me speaking to various doctors to realize that my body and my thoughts are truly working in tandem and one is connected directly to the other.
So, I am now beginning to actively change my thoughts, my inward exclusivity, and my diet in order to be the best me that I can be. I can’t be so focused on succeeding in all of my ambitions that I literally kill myself in the process.
So I urge you to have that conversation with yourself or close confidants about each others relationships with food. You may realize that the sickness is self-created but also self-healing. Our bodies and our minds are not separated by a wall. We each have a physical entity that is housing various other entities. It is your job as the manager of that house to ensure that things are running smoothly. So boss up and take control of your body, mind, and soul. You may learn more about yourself than you thought was possible.
Until next time,
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