• Monique Jephcote

Intense eating - a normal biological response to deprivation


When you spend a lot of time underwater and come up gasping for air, no one labels this gasping for air as “loss of control”. You’ve been deprived of oxygen, of which we need to survive, it’s normal to gasp in desperation for it. It’s biological. In the same way, we can experience intense eating when a deprivation set up is present with food/eating, of which we need to do to survive. Deprivation physiologically (by way of not eating enough / getting enough energy in overall) or deprivation psychologically (rules and restrictions around foods/certain foods and morals attached i.e. good vs bad food mentality). In this way, your intense eating can very well be a natural biological response to deprivation. There’s nothing wrong with you. You just can’t outsmart your biology (which PS shows you’re healthy)! Next time you’re experiencing this, I encourage you to get curious.

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Context is everything and experiences are individual. If this feels relevant for you, please discuss your specific experiences with your practitioner.

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Get in contact if you need. The Intuitive Dietitian xx

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