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Food and Emotions

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‘Dil Chahta Hai. . .’ by Dt. Vaidehi Nawathe – Chief Dietician, Bhaktivedanta Hospital & Research Institute

Yippee! It’s time to celebrate. . . #KuchMithaHoJaye!

Aajna kuch chatpatta khaneka bada maan kar raha hai.

Dil bada udhas hai. . . Kuch khane pene ka maan hi nahi kar raha.

Different people, different emotions, and different food preferences – When it comes to food and emotions these are just a few examples of the comments I come across as a dietician. During my professional journey I have often seen people celebrate happiness with sweets, feel satisfied eating salty foods and crave to eat something tangy. Positive or negative – any kind of emotion is actually expressed or managed by certain foods. The psychosomatic theory of obesity proposes that eating may reduce anxiety, and that the obese overeat in order to reduce discomfort. The theory of obesity hypothesizes states that overweight people do not recognize physiological cues of hunger or satiety because of faulty learning. So how does one manage food and emotions?

Here are a few helpful tips:

  • Eat what you have been eating traditionally

  • Regional / traditional food never harms us

  • Cravings for any food indicate nutrient deficiency - Do not follow your cravings blindly

  • Follow the brain clues i.e. hunger signals - Do not get carried away with the sight of food

  • Do not follow fad diets depriving yourself of your favorite foods.

  • If the favourite foods are non-nutritious then indulge in them very occasionally and in moderation

  • Universally no food is permanently bad or good - It totally depends on how our body can process it E.g. If having a banana is causing a cold to me then it is best that I avoid it. On the other hand if someone else is able to consume it without experiencing any side effects or health issues then one should eat it. Do not label natural foods as good/bad OR hot/cold.