Americans are strong, sturdy, and big-boned.
The U.S. is a sizeable country, and more than two-thirds of Americans are obese. How do they gain so much weight? The McDonald’s large order of fries and gallons of sweet tea are only parts of a much bigger problem: emotional eating.
While fast-food restaurants provide inexpensive meals, they also provide a quick and easy fix. Americans need food to survive, but their diet is slowly killing them.
They may want a burger and shake to calm their nerves, give them a boost, or make them happy, but they should know of other ways to deal with their stress and sadness.
They can sample from the menu below.
1. Black Tea
Nothing can beat McDonald’s sweet tea. However, the drink’s sugar can cause an overload of anxiety, but don’t worry! There is another type of tea that can reduce stress, not to mention cravings. “Subjects who drank black tea experienced a 47% drop in their cortisol levels, the stress hormone that makes you crave food,” a Psychopharmacology study finds.
2. Yoga Exercises
Isabel Foxen is “a Certified Health Coach and Emotional Eating Expert,” so she has an understanding of emotional eating, and the people who struggle with the problem. She believes yoga can be a resourceful solution. Yoga is a practice that encourages individuals to feel their feelings, engage in mindfulness, and embrace themselves fully. When they begin to love and accept their bodies, their health will improve.
3. Go on Green
There is a test known as The Broccoli Test, a term coined by My Body Tutor’s Adam. He wants people to imagine that they’re facing a plate of broccoli. If they choose to eat the vegetable, then they’re “physically hungry.” However, if they choose to ditch the vegetable, then they’re just “emotionally hungry.” Emotional eaters should practice the test in their own homes. Practice makes perfect, after all.
4. Just Breathe
Breathing exercises in tandem with visual imagery are the perfect storm of solutions, and Dr. Albers would suggest his own practice to emotional eaters everywhere. He believes that they should close their eyes, slowly inhale, and envisage a squeegee. After they have the product embedded in their brains, they should imagine the device “wiping clean [their] insides” as they exhale. According to the doctor, they should repeat the exercise three times.
People should love themselves no matter their weight. The more they practice self-loathing, the more likely they’ll give into their habits and temptations. However, if they can learn to accept their appearance, appreciate their figure, and embrace body positivity, then they have a meal ticket to true health and happiness, neither of which can be found at the bottom of a McDonald’s happy meal.