Cork Nutritional Therapist who struggled with overeating for years shares advice on how to stop
Many of us will tuck into a few too many biscuits with our tea, or treat ourselves to chocolate and crisps in front of the TV at night.
But how do you know if you have a problem with overeating?
Nutritional Therapist Fawn Clarke, who struggled with overeating herself for many years, told RSVP Live: “If you’re not obese and it’s causing obvious health problems, I would say that you need help with overeating based on how much it bothers you.
“I have friends who eat loads of chocolate, they are carrying extra weight and it doesn’t bother them. They carry on, they go swimming, they live their lives.
“For me, I was tormented by my desire to overeat.”
Fawn says that treatment for overeating is a very individual thing, but if you struggle with it there are some aspects of your lifestyle that you can look at.
“What we eat is really important. If we eat loads of processed food that is high fat, high sugar, that reduces our hormones that tell us we’re full and increases our hormones that tell us we’re hungry,” she explained.
“If we can switch to a whole-food, low sugar diet, that will make a massive difference to our whole feeling. Even the way we think, we’ll be less depressed, we’ll have more energy, we’ll sleep better.
“A lot of people know what they should be eating but can’t do it. They need more help with boundaries, portion control.”
Fawn said it’s also worth looking at your triggers if you’re struggling with overeating.
“For people who have an overwhelming urge to eat, I look at – what is it that they can’t sit with?
“What is it that they are running from? What’s eating them up on the inside? It’s a case of becoming conscious of what we’re thinking, and it’s a journey.”