In recent years, there has been considerable research into the science of eating. Not only what food does to our bodies, but also what food does to our minds. It is no surprise that different foods impact our minds in different ways. (If you’ve ever eaten ice cream after a breakup or salty chips when you’re working late into the night then you’re probably aware of the power of food.)
Eating salty, fatty, and sugary foods is often the first thing that people do during emotional or stressful times because of the immediate impact that they can have on the brain. Scientific research shows that these foods have a dramatic impact on the brain.
1. Fat, salt and sugar releases dopamine into the brain. Dopamine is feel-good chemical that is the source of most addictions.
2. Since eating certain foods releases dopamine, and makes you feel better, it’s easy to fall into a pattern of eating them in times of stress, sadness or any other emotional time.
3. The frequent floods of dopamine is harmful because it can cause attention deficits, impulsivity, judgment problems, procrastination, disorganization, and emotional disconnection.
4. The vicious cycle continues, when you reach for more salty, fatty and sugary foods to cope with the effects of the dopamine floods.
Knowing the source of food addictions, gives us more power to overcome it. Losing weight isn’t just about different diet fads. It starts at an emotional level. Through therapy and understanding yourself better, you can understand and change addictive eating patterns- and ultimately change your life.