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Are you eating uncontrollably? Or are you eating your mood?
(Updated 12 June 2020)

Are you eating uncontrollably? And eating like this makes you depressed. Or are you depressed because you are eating too much?

The truth is that it is LINKED and it causes a downward unhappy spiral cycle.Binge eating IS depressive eating. 

It contributes to unhealthy weight gain and medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, gout if this is not rectified on the long run. 

What NOT to eat when you are experiencing depressive eating?

Sugar laden foods such as sugary icing donuts, cream laden cakes, Asian sweets and desserts, ice blended fraps overladen with caramel 
These foods will trick you. Your brain yearns for serotonin, a calming chemical when you eat these comfort desserts. But blood glucose levels gets elevated and the levels of a protein that encourages the growth of neurons and synapses drops. This will make your brain work at a suboptimal level which will put you at greater  risk of depression, diabetes and dementia.

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Do you "save" oil by re-using your oil? "Minyak jelantah" is a definite No-NO! It is a contributing factor to clogged arteries. 

Just imagine what minyak jelantah fried food (saturated fats containing foods like dairy and butter and deli meats)  does to you! It is a heart attack waiting to happen with all these transfats and saturated fats all in a wok! Clogged arteries impedes blood flow to the brain.  Optimal brain function is what you need to shoo away the blues.

Coffee with its caffeine increases your heart rate and blood pressure especialky for those with hypertension. That is going to give you the jitters and the trembling hands at its extreme.

Opt for calming camomile tea or pepoermint tea instead to soothe the nerves and calm your mind. But,  if you really must a cuppa cofe - get the decaf version...although i must remind you that it still contains a low dosage of caffeinne. 

What TO EAT when you are experiencing depressive eating?

Beans The proteins in beans stabilizes the blood glucose level. It gives you satiety to make you feel full and prevent binge eating. 

Eat colors! Red tomatoes, green brocholli, yellowish orange capsicum are rich in antioxidants dealing with oxidative stressors in the body. 

Chewing on a stick of celery gives your brain a " health purpose" working on tricking your brain that it is busy eating (celery is low on calories filled with vitamin c). The mere act of chewing it shifts your brain from "idle". 

These colorful vegetables provides you good immunity and it helps you against flu. 

When you are depressed, the last thing t do is for you to fall sick. That will aggravate your depression even further. A weak body contributes to a weak mind and a weak mind increases the risk of being depressed.

Try celery stick dip with peanut butter. Makes a good "get-over-this-damn-depression" snack.

Dairy  Low fat milk, yogurt, low-fat cheeses are rich in calcium, vitamin D and protein peptides that promotes a sense of wellbeing.

Water Simply water. Even water with lemon. Even better, laden with ice cubes from the fridge.
A low hydration level contributes to disorientation and a clouded mind. Furthermore, our organs stops functioning optimally when it detects low hydration level. 

Low on mood? Instead of reaching out for that fatty fries, try ice cold  lemon infused water instead.  Refreshed - will be a good start to turn your depressive eating around!

Want to get high on mood and control binge eating? Bring on that endorphins...
It has been proven that you can control binge eating by exercising. The American College of Medicine guidelines encouraged individuals to exercise at least 150 minutes per week, which should include strength training and flexibility. And exercising in the morning brings much advantages in terms of setting your mood for the rest of the day and this includes control on binge eating!

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Yours always in good health and happiness, 
Dr Dee Dee Mahmood (PhD) Regional Head, Regional Alumni Ambassador Network and Associate Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University Australia. Multi award winning TEDx Speaker, Celebrity Exercise Physiologist,  Nutritionist  and Talk Show Host.  

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