This is a problem for many of us at some time during our lives. What are some of the things which can cause us to be compulsive eaters? Emotional causes, depression, stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, toxins held in the body, feelings of self doubt, boredom, and/or nutritional deficiences can fuel our cravings for more and more food.
One very nice remedy for obsessive overeating, which you might add to your well rounded programme to lose weight, is given by Dr Vasant Lad in his Ayurvedic Medicine book, see details below. His Ayurvedic suggestion is to eat bananas. Here is a version of Dr Vasant Lad’s simple suggestion on how to stop overeating:
- Take one banana . Mash it up.
- Add one teaspoon of ghee to the banana.
- Add between 1/4 and 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom powder to the banana.
- Mix ingredients together and eat when you are hungry.
Acupuncture and counselling are recommended to all those who have an obsessive eating disorder of any kind, whether it be undereating or overeating. Acupuncture can take care of the physical yearnings and help to increase the energy in the right places. And counselling can help greatly to establish feelings of self worth and release negative emotions.
Look at merrilyn’s post on Qi Gong for Weight Loss for an exercise which will help to build courage and emotional strength, as well as increase qi energy in the physical body.
Alternate Nostril Breathing is a useful exercise which will help relax the body and calm the emotions and the brain. It is a good exercise to do prior to meditating. See merrilyn’s post entitled ‘Yoga Breath and Sleeping Well‘ for instructions on how to perform Alternate Nostril Breathing. See also the post entitled ‘Yoga Nidra’ for a deep relaxation exercise which will aid your ‘How to Stop Eating’ programme.
For more advice on Ayurvedic Remedies, consult Vasant Lad’s book entitled Ayurvedic Home Remedies: A Comprehensive Guide to the Ancient Healing of India. This is published in the U.K., 1999, by Judy Piatkus (Publishers Limited), 5 Windmill St, London W1T. 2JA. Reprinted 2002.