3 Food Traps to Avoid When You’re Depressed is an excellent article for many of the people that I meet with in my Seattle and Bainbridge Island counseling and hypnotherapy offices. When you’re struggling with depression, your eating habits often suffer. Hypnosis for weight loss can help you overcome depression and help you change your eating habits. You can lose weight and keep it off with self-hypnosis.

3 Food Traps to Avoid When You’re Depressed

WebMD Feature, June 27, 2011: Some people overeat and gain weight, turning to food to lift their mood. Others find they’re too exhausted to prepare balanced meals or that they’ve lost their appetite. People often get trapped in a cycle of feeling trapped and hopeless about life and their poor eating habits, which causes them to become even more depressed. “It’s important to connect with other people so you don’t become too isolated. Talking with friends and a therapist can provide support to help you break out of that cycle,” she says.
Here are three common ways clinical depression can impact your eating patterns and tips on how to start making healthier choices with the help of your doctor or therapist:

  1. Using Food for Comfort: People with depression often use food to self-medicate. They may eat to improve or avoid negative or uncomfortable feelings, like sadness, shame, and self-loathing. Many people crave carbohydrates or soothing comfort foods, such as ice cream and cake, when they’re depressed. One reason for this is that foods high in carbs and sugar increase levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that elevates mood. In the short term, eating foods high in sugar and fat may make you feel calmer and cared for. But in the long term, a steady diet of comfort foods can lead to weight gain and increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other serious health problems.
  2. Eating Too Little: Many people find their appetite decreases when they’re feeling low. In some cases, they end up unintentionally losing weight. They have less desire for food and they start skipping meals – often, they’re sleeping through meals. You may feel like you don’t have the motivation or energy to eat when you’re depressed. Also, stress can play a role in reducing your appetite. Food isn’t as appealing when you’re anxious, worried, or feel hopeless. But not eating enough can make you more irritable and sensitive, which can worsen your depression.
  3. Eating Whatever Is Easily Available: Shopping for and preparing healthy meals can seem daunting when you’re depressed and lacking energy. As a result, you may reach for foods that are convenient but that aren’t particularly nutritious and you may not get enough variety in your diet. Depressed people often wind up eating fast food or whatever they have on hand in their kitchen – such as their last box of cookies.

It’s also easy for people with depression to get into a rut of eating the same foods all the time. It’s so hard for them to function that they’re looking for routine and structure. They may stop and get a bagel and cream cheese every morning and never try anything different.

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