The Body is your Temple: Emotional Eating Impacts many

By Deb Blackett

Beginning with the Thanksgiving straight through Christmas and New Year’s many individuals will consume generations of savory home-cooked meals during the Holidays. Emotional eating will impact many individuals, and it is not a gender biased behavioral disorder. Food advertising plays a crucial role to emotional eating and undermined by the food advertising industry, and it creates a desire about many thoughts of food.   Feelings and emotions can become a trigger during the holiday season.  For many, one thought might be “after eating each meal how do I feel?” For some, eating these types of rich meals may become a thing of the past.

A new survey indicates that there are 74% of Americans are living daily with a variety of digestive symptoms.  However, these symptoms are the body’s warning signaling that there may be a more serious condition at hand. At times these symptoms are no more than a warning and, the brain is signaling the body to take action that a more serious health condition is brewing. A sign of a more chronic related and underlying condition would be celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, EPI or exocrine pancreatic insufficiency.  Do not ignore warning signs. People are not always comfortable talking about digestive discomfort.  Many patients are embarrassed to discuss digestive issues with their doctor, they often go undiagnosed, which can lead to further complications later on in life. Before meeting with a healthcare provider do your homework, and print out your research findings to review with your physician to address the symptoms and to set Specific.Measurable.Attainable.Realistic. And Timely (S.M.A.R.T) Goals to get started immediately on treatment.

To address the symptoms early before the holiday’s approaches, attempt meeting with a naturopathic physician, and a licensed healthcare practitioner in your area.  Ask for referrals when seeking the appropriate healthcare practitioner who can also provide blood screening (looking for steatorrhea) and knowledge of various types of stool.  These types of diagnostic test can eliminate, and or prevent future problems. Reaching out to Nutritionist, Registered Dieticians & Diet Typing Specialist can also identify a list of healthy food options that could alleviate harm to the body any time. 

It is important to understand part of this protocol might involve necessary and much-needed diet changes that will strengthen the immune system and restore “the healthy gut” with proper nutrients. Be patient with yourself; it will take time, research, and dedication.  A word of advice is to maintain compliance with your recommended health protocol.  According to the American nutrition association, 70,000,000 individuals have become negatively impacted and labeled “emotional eaters,” acquiring unhealthy eating behaviors and a variety of digestive issues to follow. Therefore, faced with stomach problems, Irritable bowel syndrome, otherwise known as IBS, intestinal digestive problems and so much more.   

Where can you begin to address these health-related concerns? Resources are available if you or someone you know are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above.


Digestive Issues | American Nutrition Association

When trying to manage a digestive health issue, you need to know where you can go for support and reliable information. Many excellent organizations and associations help people with digestion questions. Organizations have been created to support a specific digestive disease or to serve as a general resource for all kinds of digestion problems.

Start your quest today to live healthier and with a strong immune system and better digestive health.

Medline Plus

United States National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.  On the Digestive Diseases Web page, you can search for a variety of data and information that reveals digestive problems such as constipation, diarrhea, gas, or diverticulitis. The basic information and the most up-to-date research is available related to many digestive diseases. Also, additional information and links allow you to obtain directories and seek organizations that provide support a and offer newsletters.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing house (NDDIC)

Advanced Gastric Cancer

Find Info About a Treatment Option for Advanced Gastric Cancer.  These resources are available by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. You can get answers to frequently asked questions about digestion and digestive health, digestive diseases, and nutrition information. NDDIC will also help you find a support group and can refer you to a digestive health specialist in your specific area.

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation (CCFA)

This organization was founded in 1967 with the mission to cure and improve the quality of life for people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. There are more than local 40 chapters around the country. In addition to supporting research, CCFA offers patients and families support groups, advocacy, and up-to-date information.

Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF)

CDF is a national organization dedicated to raising awareness and building support for the celiac disease. This foundation provides the most current information on celiac disease and advice on how to understand, restore the digestive system and live with the disease. CDF distributes a plethora of information, menus, gluten-free diets and advocates for more gluten-free products for people with celiac disease.

Celiac Sprue Association (CSA)

CSA provides information about celiac disease and gluten-free diets. The association also sponsors conferences and workshops to heighten the awareness about the celiac disease in the community.  On their Web site, an individual can identify a listing of gluten-free products, and a downloadable guide to counting gluten-free carbohydrates.

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD)

IFFGD is a complete resource for individuals with chronic digestive disorders. Information about obesity, constipation, acid reflux disease, and irritable bowel syndrome is readily available on this Web site. Free informational packet, access to others who can share as you learn from each other’s experiences.

American Liver Foundation (ALF)

The ALF Foundation provides a support system for people with digestive health disorders such as hepatitis, liver cancer, and other liver-related health diseases. The support service offerings include a helpline, well attended support group gatherings.  ALF advocates on behalf of over 30 million Americans who battle some liver disease. Publications available include Liver Health Today magazine.

So this holiday season, reach out to an expert and obtain expert advice to help you through the Holidays.  Treasure the season,  family festivities and ring in the New Year tradition eating healthy, being happy and wise.

Debra L. Blackett is a Health Education Specialist and expert in the field of Integrative Medicine who has over 30 years of health and wellness expertise. A Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Health and Wellness, Master’s of Health Education and Promotion, and presently a Doctoral Student at Walden University conducting doctoral research studies in Population Health and Global Health Issues and Health Prevention.

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