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How to Stop Binge Eating, How Keto Helps – Healthy Ketogenic Diet

today we're talking about binge eating emotional eating and how we can make changes to our lives to really address this kind of eating style and have a healthier body hello everyone welcome to Mind Blowing Health and Wellness with Violet I'm Violet I'm a psychologist and the reason I make these videos is to help everyone to understand that your mental health and your physical health come together to create your overall sense of well-being if you enjoy this kind of video and would like to support me you can check out my patreon the link is in the description below I'm gonna read to you the comment that came in from rabbit chow rabbits rights loved the videos I heard you mention in another video of that food is fuel and if we aren't hungry but want something that is psychological I have this problem severely because my binge eating disorder keno is the only thing that has helped me because my physical cravings are not there so I only have to deal with the psychological issues this is much more doable and I wish others who treat people with the over eating disorders can help their patients understand that once the physical issues are solved with Kido then it's easier to deal with the psychological issues I don't know if you've spoken to this before but I would love to hear you speak more about this thanks okay so I want to first give two definitions just so we know what we're talking about we're gonna define binge eating okay which is characterized by eating large amounts of food in a short period of time typically beyond the point of feeling full and then I want to talk about the idea of emotional eating which is eating in response to positive or negative emotions okay so we have these two different ideas I want everyone to keep in mind that both binge eating and emotional eating have nothing to do with being hungry we are eating based on our reaction to something else that's pushing us to go seek food and when we actually understand that that's what's happening then all of a sudden we realized that when we focus on typical techniques to not approach food they're not gonna work because things like making sure that I eat really slowly or making sure that I don't have certain foods around me in the house aren't dealing with the actual reason that we're looking for the food in the first place so okay so let's back up first on a ketogenic lifestyle we end up solving the physiological urge to eat because we take our ground grams of carb intake per day down to less than 20 grams per cars per day by doing that we're not getting that dopamine hit that was causing us to physiologically seek food we're also not spiking insulin which was shuttling the sugar that we did eat away therefore leading us to have to replace the sugar by eating more carbohydrates those two things then leave us in the situation where we actually can eat without feeling cravings okay that's the first part so if we do keto correctly our cravings go away so then the big question becomes how is it possible that there have been people who are many many many weeks of doing keto that still report having cravings and what I'm suggesting right now is that the reason that those cravings are happening is coming from one of two sources so either a not doing keto correctly so there's still too many carbs coming in but if we take a look at people who are actually doing keto and keeping their grams of carbs super low and they're still craving carbs to the southern cravings the other reason is that it's psychological my desire to eat is not coming from my body pushing me it's coming from my mind pushing me and now we have to talk about okay what would cause my mind to push me to want to eat when my physical body is not hungry a lot of the time this is related back to the fact that as young people so talking about earlier in life when we're children or even in our teens in our young adult years food was placed at the center of our sense of satisfaction so as a very basic level when we eat it satisfies that pain that we have in our stomach that goes away that feels good this is how our body is encouraging us to seek food so on that very basic level we eat the pain goes away oh that's better that's one thing but we add to this that psychologically we often are given food for reward distraction and entertainment so when we use food as a reward system what happens we're usually for especially for young children they do something good and they get a candy that dopamine hit causes them to chase sweet when we use food as a reward system we get that emotional so my parents is happy with me but also we're eating something and we're linking those two things together later on in life when we are not feeling great we look to give ourselves that hug and we end up using food we also use food to distract ourselves if we're bored if we don't know what to do with ourselves right we'll use food as / entertainment / distraction and oftentimes we do entertain around food all of these things are linking that emotional connection that we have with people to eating which is not about emotion it's about fueling our bodies unfortunately though the connections made I want to use an example because I want you to see really what's happening here if we take the idea of an alcoholic and we say look at this situation where an alcoholic will often report that when they drink they have more confidence and they feel more calm and so what's really happening is that when they drink and that sense of my problems are a little bit further away from me starts to come in because of course when I'm drinking I'm not focused on my issues but when they drink and that starts to happen the alcoholic then links this feeling so this this relief that happens to drinking alcohol and then whenever they are stressed frustrated scared whenever there's a negative emotion that comes in they want alcohol to help them to achieve this feeling of calm this feeling of confidence is feeling right now if I if that's what I'm doing repeatedly that pathway in my brain is gonna get set and I'm gonna seek alcohol every time to help me to feel relaxed to feel calm to feel in control to feel confident isn't solving my problem no because as soon as I'm not drunk my confidence is gone as soon as I'm not drunk my feeling of agitation and frustration is back but am i emotionally attached to being able to get to that feeling that's over there of yes so I keep drinking to try to get there right so I'm drinking to try to solve a problem that drinking can't solve we do the same thing with food if I've been taught throughout my upbringing in my earlier life that eating cake is the way to celebrate or eating ice cream is what you do when you're sad or having a candy is what you have when you're sad every time I want to give myself an emotional hug I'm gonna seek food rather than seeking an a solution to the thing that was causing me to be upset psychologically the food in the moment seems like it's doing something good for me but then physiologically in the long-term it's hurting me and I know it that's the part about this that's so difficult it's the fact that I'm addicted to it also because of that dopamine hit that I'm getting that pushes me towards keeping doing that poor behavior the same way that the alcoholic knows that drinking is causing problems in their life but that dopamine hit keeps them going towards drinking part of the problem with these programs that focus on changing behavior before understanding what causes behavior to be there in the first place is that it doesn't solve the psychological issue that's actually happening so what I mean by that is there are lots of people that have gone through programs for drinking and they are asked to call people if they feel like having a drink they're asked to you know snap wristbands and do all kinds of actions towards reminding themselves that drinking isn't the answer but the one thing that is often missing not always because there's some programs that are really good and have this but many programs that what they're missing is the psychological emotional what's actually happening the moment before you want it to take that drink did you have a fight with someone were you upset lonely frustrated right are you tired were you so if I don't address those things and not just notice them address them there's a lot of programs where you're told to look out for them but then we're not given the therapy we need to actually address them so what happens well I noticed that I was angry I noticed that I was lonely or I noticed but then because I don't know what to do about it I still end up going to do my self soothing behavior I actually would need to address it I'm encouraging people to understand that psychological eating so emotional binge eating is more than just knowing that I'm doing it and stopping it's understanding that I'm doing it because behind there is a lot of emotional stuff that I'm not dealing with and the way that I soothe myself is through eating it's really tough because for many many people you will start eating a ketogenic lifestyle and taking the carbohydrates really low is gonna solve your addiction to the carbohydrates and once our addiction to the carbohydrates are solved we start to eat normally and it looks to the world like if it was a pure and simple you were addicted to carbs because you were overeating carbs and you didn't know and great and you know what that's really what it was however physiological problems and psychological problems are not the same from a physiological standpoint when I eat a certain food it affects me the way it affects all humans because I'm a human and every other human that eats that food is going to be affected a certain way my history only plays a minor role so what that means is my medical where I live what like on the planet and all of that has effect but it's not a great as great an effect as the fact that I'm human versus when I'm eating psychologically now my history has a much bigger impact on how I eat food and what I consider appropriate not appropriate eating compared to the fact that I'm human my history is gonna be based on my household and that's very specific because I could be straightforward Canadian born and raised in in Quebec or I could be which is what I am Canadian born and raised in Quebec with parents from Barbados and Trinidad and parents before that from where and where and with ideas about food from here and there which is different there's not another person who's gonna have that exact combination and had the ideas about food that were brought up in my particular house when we're trying to help people understand why they interact with food a certain way we also need to understand what their history with food was but also what their history with their household was what kind of discipline did my family use what kind of entertainment did my family use how much affection did my family show how much exercise did my family promote all of the things that happen in a household that affect what kind of individual you will end up being we need to make this distinction because yes I'm a human but I'm a specific person and my psychological motivations to eat are going to be based on my specific person what that means is that there won't be a one-size-fits-all if what I'm actually struggling with is a psychological emotional binge eating story or even just a psychological emotional eating story there doesn't actually binge eating associated for us to get off track even normal emotional eating will still put us off track because 20 grams of carbs is not a lot take the time to engage take the time to understand your actual situation so that you can make better decisions and that means if there's a psychological element that's happening address it so we need to be willing to look at the issues that arise in our life on the days that I end up eating something that was off plan I need to be willing to back myself up and look at what I ate look at what happened in that day that week and find out like why was I chasing carbs especially if I had been doing a good ketogenic situation or a good low carb situation all a while why all of a sudden that i emotionally want to eat something off plan was it about celebrating was it about soothing myself was it about entertaining myself was it about distracting myself I need to be honest with me because every person is different my reason is not going to be everyone else's reason I want to point out it is seen as normal in our society to eat comfort foods when you're upset right the famous ice cream when you have a breakup it is normal in our society to have comfort food or fun foods when you're celebrating right we have cake we have ice cream when we're celebrating right it's considered normal in our society to overeat look at how many videos we have about mukbangs and look how many time that we would overeat at Christmas and and Thanksgiving in holidays birthday parties are examples of times were seen as normal to overeat here's the problem when psychologically your connection to food is causing issues for you all of these things that are shown as normal but yet affecting you in a way that's pushing you to eat excessively when society looks at you and sees that your weight is going up when society looks at you seize all your diabetic now when society looks at you and see that now there's a metabolic something happening you're getting a slap on the wrist because you overdid it we as a society also need to take responsibility for the fact that we are encouraging people to treat food as entertainment that we are encouraging people to use food to self-soothe and that we encourage people to overeat a holiday is not a reason to overeat food is fuel holidays are about getting together with family friends and having a good time a celebration is not a reason to overeat it's a time to get together and congratulate someone for something we need to keep it in mind that for our own health we need to do what's right for our own health so go to the party go to the celebration get together with people but eat food for fuel address emotional issues as emotional issues solve them don't use them as excuses or reasons and I've been calling excuse as a reason to self-soothe with food because I'm telling you right now society's wrong that's not what food is for it's for fuel I really hope that you found this video helpful I want to thank you for watching Mind Blowing Health and Wellness with Violet if you haven't already please subscribe by the way I want to point out that I do have a patreon account you can go to the link in the description below and I might put it on the screen if you'd like to contribute to me making these videos and continuing to be able to make more videos I'd really appreciate it thanks for watching and have a good day

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