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Women, do you have an unhealthy relationship with food?

Nipa Asharam

Nipa Asharam
06 March 2020

This article is authored by Nipa Asharam. Nipa is a full-time practising life coach and wellness coach under the brand 'Eat.Breathe.Smile'.

Unhealthy Food

When we have unhealthy relationship with a partner or a set of friends, we reach out and discuss it with a close one because the relationship makes us feel uncomfortable and in pain. We understand that it could be toxic and negative energy in our life. However, we do not put the same emphasis on our unhealthy relationship with food (if we have one). We’d rather be in denial or shove it under a table because we do not understand the intensity of it

Unhealthy relationship with food is a sign of unhealthy relationship with self. Sometimes we are not even aware if we have one! This especially affects women as we are constantly struggling to manage our food habits. Each time, we neglect food to try to fit into that perfect dress or skip a meal because of an important meeting, we might be developing a negative relationship with food and ourselves.

Here are some signs for us to check if we have an unhealthy relationship with food and if so, get immediate help and solutions.

Have very rigid rules around food: Some might see this as taking care of themselves but there is a point when the line is crossed. Some examples are.

  • Food I can eat versus food that are ‘forbidden’ (now this is a strong word)
  • Only time of the day I can eat (strictly)
  • If I eat more than this, it is lethal and it can drive me crazy

We often miss the sign when we are doing this because we see this as being ‘good’ with ourselves and others who are lenient about it being ‘not good’ with themselves. These rules are have become such a huge part of our life that if we break them, it can impact us a lot emotionally and mentally. So, this is definitely a sign of unhealthy relationship with food.

Develop self-discipline: Self-discipline is the key to achieve any goal in your life! If you are able to discipline yourself you can quite easily manage obesity and its related medical conditions. However, only a few cases of obesity are genetic and largely obesity is due to a faulty lifestyle, thus, with a little self-disciple and self-motivation, a world of change can be brought about in our lives! What self-discipline includes is a determined and a focused approach towards bringing a positive change in your lifestyle and thought process. Try to put some focused efforts in reviving your sedentary lifestyle and monotonous social life and just see the change it can bring to your whole life.

Guilt around food: I have seen two kinds of cases here. There are those who worked a lot to lose the extra weight and now even 100 calories extra can lead strong guilt. It can make them shame themselves or do extreme things like crash dieting next day. The other kind of case is someone who is trying to work on his or her emotional eating patterns or weight loss journey and feels strong feeling such as hatred towards themselves when they overeat! This guilt is so self-sabotaging because it creates an unhealthy relationship with how we perceive ourselves. This is another sign.

Stress and food: This goes back to our childhood, where to pacify us from an emotional moment, our parents gave us food to feel better. We saw food as a way to overcome stressful feelings and even to some extent deserving – if I am going through something, I am allowed to eat excessively to feel better. This became our vicious cycle. Observation of stressful times can make this really clear. Some people also do it as a form of celebration where they think they deserve to eat 3-4 desserts because they did well. This again comes from our childhood. Both of these signs can be observed as unhealthy relationship with food.

Deprivation diet: Crash dieting programs to lose weight in a short period of time or creating cheat days at the end of week because we do not like the food we need to eat on a day to day basis, can unknowingly create an unhealthy relationship with food. We begin to have a scarcity mindset with food as if we won’t ever get the food we love again and that makes us literally live from one cheat day to another. If this is what one feels, chances are they have an unhealthy relationship with food.

Constantly thinking of food and calories: If we are spending more than required time planning what we eat next or thinking about food all the time during meetings and even when we go out with friends or if our mind is overdrive on each and every calorie we consumed, then it is a problem. We are consumed by the thoughts of food all the time. We aren’t present in the moment with any other activity. This is another sign of an unhealthy relationship with food.

Hiding food : Eating perfectly normally when there are people around and then hiding food so that people do not notice that we had a whole donut or a samosa. We judge ourselves with the food items we enjoy, so we think others will as well. Hiding will ensure that our unhealthy relationship with food will be a private relationship that nobody knows about. In fact, nobody should associate us with that habit ever. This is another telling sign. .

Unhealthy relationships of any form can be self-sabotaging and food can also be one of them, which we often don’t see clearly. If you have any of these signs, then do not ignore and seek a professional help from coach or nutritionist if it is overwhelming to work on it alone. It is not only fully reversible but can change all the relationships of your life because food is connected to everything. Having a healthy relationship with food is a strong bond with self, it pays to be mindful of it.



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The views and opinions expressed, and assumptions & analysis presented in this content piece are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organization, employer or company. The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

 

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Hypertension In Women

Karishma Chawla

Karishma Chawla
27 October 2020

This article is authored by Karishma Chawla. She is a practising nutritionist and a weight loss expert. She advises people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or to achieve a specific health-related goal.

Hypertension is quite often considered a men’s health problem, but that’s a myth. In fact, men and women have a similar risk of developing high blood pressure. But after the onset of menopause, women actually face higher risk than men of developing high blood pressure. Although prior to 45 years of age, men are slightly more likely to develop high blood pressure.

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing inside the lining of arteries. High blood pressure or hypertension occurs when the force increases and stays higher than normal for a period of time.

Hypertension is often referred to as a silent killer. If untreated, it can lead to a major health set back and cause many complications. In most cases, there may not be any symptoms of high blood pressure. Sometimes, in case of sudden or severe increase in B.P., individuals may experience headaches, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision or nosebleeds. Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a major risk factor for stroke and kidney failure. These problems worsen when high blood pressure is present along with diabetes. For women, high blood pressure during pregnancy can be dangerous for both mother and child.

What causes it? Reasons for high blood pressure

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• Genetic factors: Hereditary factors – one of the leading reasons for high blood pressure, which worsen when the environmental factors are not healthy.

• Body weight: Obesity and diabetes along with their associated disorders are often associated with hypertension.

• Age:Chances of a high blood pressure diagnosis increase steeply with age. But research now shows that high blood pressure can affect adolescents and the young as well.

• Gender: Risk is greater in men than women, but after menopause, the difference decreases.

• Dietary factors: Some dietary factors that can contribute to high blood pressure include excess calories coming saturated fats, diets that contain high sodium foods, and less calcium and magnesium in the diet

• Potassium: Decrease in potassium intake and low intake of high potassium foods like fruits and vegetables can also lead to increase in heart rate and high blood pressure.

• Contraceptives: Certain oral contraceptive pills may lead to high blood pressure

• Lifestyle: Sedentary lifestyle devoid of exercise can contribute to high blood pressure. Stress, smoking, tobacco intake, and alcohol intake also lead to increase in high blood pressure.

• Other medical conditions High blood pressure can also be a result of other medical conditions such as kidney problems, diabetes, and sleep apnea. Hormone issues such as hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome and Hyperaldosteronism (increase in aldosterone) and preeclampsia in pregnancy are responsible for high blood pressure diagnosis.

Measures to reduce high blood pressure

Reduce sodium intake
It is important to note that it’s not the consumption of salt but excessive consumption of sodium is a concern. Sodium is a compound found naturally in foods. One teaspoon of salt contains 2400 milligrams of sodium and the amount recommended for daily consumption is approximately the same. The amount of recommended sodium intake reduces further to approximately 1500 mg under conditions such as hypertension, kidney issues, water retention, and heart condition to name a few. But these problems are usually correlated with high consumption of sugar and fat. Hence it is beneficial to avoid foods such as processed foods, salted snacks, pickles, papad, sauces and instant soups. These are some known sources of excess sodium and not the usual home cooked foods.

It’s important to avoid sprinkling excess salt at the table. Rather use adequate salt during cooking and experiment with reduced sodium salt after conferring with your physician. Tata Salt Liteis a good option for those looking to reduce sodium intake. It provides 15% reduced sodium than regular salt. Inclusion of herbs and spices like like coriander, ginger, turmeric, mint, garlic or lemon juice can also help improves the taste and flavour of the food.

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This can be done by inclusion of low-fat dairy products for calcium and green leafy vegetables for magnesium. Fruits and vegetables rich in potassium are bananas, watermelon, tomatoes, oranges, sweetlime, leafy vegetables, milk and almonds. Eating three to five servings of these foods daily would ensure sufficient potassium intake and regulate blood pressure.

Reduction in refined carbohydrates
Though this is not a direct connection, but the preparations and the nature of these foods usually contain excess sodium for taste and preservation purposes. Add omega 3 foods such as fatty fish, walnuts and flaxseeds to reduce blood pressure.

DASH DietDash Diet has been found to be a good approach for the treatment of hypertension. This diet emphasizes consumption of fruits, vegetables, low sodium, and low-fat dairy foods. It also includes low amounts of saturated fat, total fat and cholesterol to reduce blood pressure. This includes whole grains, poultry, fish, nuts and other foods rich in potassium, calcium, omega 3 and magnesium.

Lifestyle MeasuresLifestyle measures include regular exercise of 30 minutes daily, relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation and yoga, avoidance of rage and anger, adequate sleep, low alcohol intake, no smoking and normal body weight with low body fat percentage.

High blood pressure can affect the physical, professional, personal and economical life of any individual. As women tend to juggle multiple priorities, managing their own health often takes a back seat. It is advisable to take some judicious measures such as dietary and lifestyle modifications in order to prevent the onset of hypertension, control it and minimize its risks.



DISCLAIMER

The views and opinions expressed, and assumptions & analysis presented in this content piece are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organization, employer or company. The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

 



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