Food as Therapy

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Scientifically, if we look at the utility of food, this basically becomes a survival component. We require the nutrients, calories and vitamins to sustain our bodily functions. Without food, we would starve to death in about 10-15 weeks or so.

However, food is not in the least looked at by most of us as a strictly “survival” tool. We reward ourselves or others reward us with food, we socialize around food, we build creatively prepare and cook food as a hobby and we will often turn to food as “therapy”.

Here is what I mean by “therapy”: You have worked a long, hard day: you have driven the kids early to school, work was stressful and then the day does not seem to end as after work…driving the kids to activities, helping with homework and then it is later into the evening. This series of events would put most people in a therapist’s chair. BUT, one of the ways we avoid real therapy is by “therapyrizing” (new word coined by Posner) with `alcohol and/or high carbohydrate foods or snacks. Face it, we all feel much better during and immediately after eating/drinking something “fun”. An extra hard boiled egg or 2 more ounces of chicken does not exactly cut it as instant a “therapy”.

If you find yourself turning to derailing food/drinks as some sort of “therapy” try very hard to think through the concept that this is not truly a helpful intervention in the least. The derailing eating/drinking behaviors will actually create more stress and angst for you.

There is no better “therapy” than putting some of those great clothes on that now fit, look into the mirror and love what you see and how you feel when your journey to weight control succeeds.

Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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