An attitude like this drives all rational thoughts out of the mind; people stop caring about health and do not recognize true hunger from habitual or compulsive eating. For people with this behavior, the mindset of living to eat is the root cause of many chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and other cardiovascular diseases.
Some people turn to food when they get upset. These people try to find love or peace or comfort in food. This attitude facilitates ignoring one's worries for some time and stimulates the reward system in the brain to achieve instant gratification. When this behavior becomes repetitive, emotional eating culminates in a myriad of health issues. Not surprisingly, all comfort foods are sweet, moist, unctuous or oily. Common examples include ice cream, chocolates, cakes and cookies, macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, and pizza. Processed sugars, high fat, and high sodium in these foods are deleterious to health.
The human body is an amazing instrument that gives us appropriate signals throughout the day. One only needs to be vigilant to understand what the body is trying to say. The body tells us about hunger, thirst, tiredness and sleep; when we start listening to these signals, we become more aware of our body and mind. We become more in touch with our inner self. Total awareness of one's inner self or soul is what a yogi achieves. And that is the ultimate goal of yoga.
Changing one's attitude to “Eat to Live” can lead one along the path of health and happiness!