Break ups and our relationship with food

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Anyone who has been through a break up knows that it can directly affect how and what we eat. The stress of the break up gives you that horrible anxiety feeling in your stomach, the same sort of feeling that you have when you’re nervous about out something. It can either make you not want to eat at all, or comfort eat, so much you end up gaining pounds. We all know about the curse of the comfort foods, when you’re feeling down we turn to the sugary treats like ice cream, chocolate milk shakes etc. But why? What is the connection between eating these treats and feeling better. Professional dietitian Rhiannon Britton advises -The behaviour of -comfort eating’ after a break-up is thought to stem from the reassurance given by food provided by parents to children, linking positive feelings about parental care and love with the food.- It is because we associate these feel good foods with our childhoods that we so often turn to these sugary treats to make us feel better. There are a couple of things you can do to combat these feelings for example, don’t go shopping for food when you are feeling low in mood as you are likely to let your cravings rule your food choices or try writing down your daily intake for a week, to get a better idea of what you are consuming.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, often after a break up you don’t want eat a thing some call it the break up diet, anxiety, stress and depression have a negative impact on your food intake. This can be make you feel even worse as your body is not getting the nutrients and vitamins it needs.

Again there are a couple of things you can do combat this and start to regain your appetite, If food feels like too much, try a nourishing drink e.g. a milkshake, a fruit smoothie with yoghurt, Don’t force yourself to eat something and take your time, Eat foods you enjoy i.e. a little of what you fancy.

Rhiannon Britton is a professional dietition and has recently written a guide about the dreaded /how-to-get-over-a-break-up/food-break-ups-heartbreak-diet/”>break-up diet for . Here you will find hints and tips on how to manage your diet when experiencing a /how-to-get-over-a-break-up/”> break-up.

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