“The month of April reminds us to take time to address issues surrounding emotional overeating in a positive way. I wanted to provide helpful strategies for coping."
Exeter, NH (PRWEB) April 21, 2011
April is Emotional Overeating Awareness month and this year, emotional eating has skyrocketed as the anxieties that accompany America’s economic downturn are affecting millions throughout the country. More and more Americans are becoming stressed-out as they suffer through high unemployment, loss of their homes, company layoffs, wars, terrorism and other challenges. When people are overwhelmed and plagued with worries, food serves as a readily available anesthetic. They overeat as a way to calm themselves and dull the feelings that come with hard times.
According to the Founder of Emotional Overeating Awareness Month, leading Emotional Eating Expert and Psychologist Dr. Denise Lamothe, “The month of April reminds us to take time to address issues surrounding emotional overeating in a positive way. I wanted to inform and educate people about the increased tendency to overeat as stressors become more predominant in today’s world and provide helpful strategies for coping.”
The author of The Taming of the Chew survived multiple eating disorders herself. A former motorcycle racer, she had to learn her own coping skills when she spent several months homeless in Hawaii, flunked out of college and single-parented three children.
Today, Lamothe holds two doctoral degrees, owns a successful practice in New Hampshire, speaks around the country for groups and conferences and is a proud grandmother. Her new book, The Appetite Connection: Six Steps to Your Delicious Life And The Body You Long For is coming out soon.
In honor of Emotional Overeating Awareness Month, she is offering complimentary tips throughout the month and newsletter. Teleseminars are also being offered and everyone is welcome. To help people remain aware of their eating habits and to reduce their emotional eating behaviors, Lamothe gives these pointers to combat this strong desire to overeat and offers healthier ways to cope with difficult situations:
1. Choose the Healthiest Foods You Can Find to Truly Nourish Your Body - You need protein and complex carbohydrates (whole grains, fruits and veggies) and some healthy fat every single day. Drink lots of pure, non-chlorinated, filtered water.
2. Nourish Your Spirit - Be creative. Laugh a lot. Try not to take life so seriously. Plan times to relax with family and friends and enjoy yourself. Life is supposed to be fun! Make it so!
3. Move Your Body – Choose Activities That You Enjoy - You don’t have to exercise for hours at a time. Do less and enjoy feeling better.
4. Express Your Feelings - No one knows what’s going on inside of you if you don’t tell them. Holding your feelings in leads to emotional, spiritual and physical distress.
5. Give Yourself Quiet Time - We all need rest and peaceful time to check in with ourselves. Use deep breathing, meditation or quiet introspection every day. And don’t forget to appreciate yourself.
Dr. Lamothe encourages people to remember that things are always shifting and the best way to weather any storm is by taking the very best care of yourself. To sign up for her teleseminars, speeches or free tips all month long, visit her website, http://www.DrDenise.org.