Here are some reasons for this behavior:
Lack of minerals in the food we're eating
Lack of appropriate foods that sustain our energy levels for long periods
Emotions that are not being addressed
While there are nutritional and emotional strategies to deal with all of these, there is an easy to follow formula for eating less. This might not always be the appropriate guideline for everyone, but it is something that offers a new way of viewing dieting that can encourage actual solutions. Here it is:
Emotional Ease ( The Sedona Method or EFT can help) + Nutrient Dense Foods and Herbs ( Some of the Superfoods that David Wolfe promotes and any Tonic Herb that works with you) + Creative Expression or Flowing Productivity = Lower Food Intake With Less Effort
With some people, especially if they are into meditation, just the first two categories are enough to easily reduce food intake. By being in a clear, content emotional state and eating foods which empower you and increase feelings of wellbeing you will naturally have less desire for unhealthy foods or excessive eating. You might find yourself being content with eating almost half as much as you usually do, especially if you are eating foods that are high in minerals. Being really productive toward something that you really are drawn can really help those who still find it hard to resist over-eating.
Finding something that you are passionate about gives you something to focus on instead of food, especially if you have an outlet to pursue it. If you don't know what it is, you can find what you are naturally drawn toward that you feel can benefit yourself and others in some way. Eating foods which give you more energy is another way to get more into a mindset of exploration and productivity, which can help to generate passion and creativity. Explore the world of tonic herbalism if you have no other interest to focus on besides eating.
One tonic herb which is remarkable for helping people to eat less by having an abundance of energy is Astragalus. Renowned Herbalist and Tonic Bar visionary, Truth Calkins, suggested in an interview that he experimented with eating high amounts of Astragalus and found that he had so much energy throughout the day that he actually forgot about eating. He also recommends Astragalus for people trying to lose weight as it helps with metabolism. The Jing Herbs Astragalus is the one he recommended. Dragon Herbs also has good products, including Astragalus.
Another herb that is extraordinary for weightloss and just eating less is Gynostemma. This can be bought as a tea, such as the very powerful Spring Dragon Longevity Tea by Dragon Herbs, or as an extract. It has properties that increase relaxation and calmness among other beneficial weight-loss aiding aspects. This is a very inexpensive herb, compared to many tonic herbs, that can be taken throughout the day to ensure greater "adaptobility" to life and increased resisiliency to over-eating habits. Just taking high quality gynostemma and astragalus products, in itself, is a powerful way to reduce the need to over-eat. As eating is often emotional in nature, products like these that are very uplifting and emotional-relieving provide the extra strength needed to overcome our habitual patterns.
According to Dr. Brian Clement, director of the Hippocrates Health Institute, Chlorella and other algae products help to reduce cravings for sweet foods. He says this is because of their high protein content (over 60 percent protein), which is also very bio-available. In addition, they contain high amounts of minerals, enzymes, and oxygenating chlorophyl, which help to satiate and increase overall vitality. Some people, however, might not digest Chlorella well due to lack of a certain enzyme. If this is the case, consider trying other products with similar attributes.
AFA Blue Green Algae is also a powerful supplement for eating less because of it's high protein content and neurotransmitter increasing qualities. Many people who take it find they can effortlessly eat less and have noticably more energy. The PEA, which Blue Green Algae contains, is a natural mood elevator and appetite suppressant. E3 Live products and Ancient Sun nutrition products are considered to be two of the best sources of blue green algae products. Both offer a high quality dried algae product which contains active enzymes and is very easy to use. You can just stir it into water or even put it on salads. Adding it to smoothies or elixirs is another idea.
With these foods and herbs, along with a clear and exciting direction, you can be empowered to go beyond the habit of emotional eating.
How have you conquered over-eating? Do you have any other solutions that weren't listed?