Let’s take a moment and explore how well-being and Stoicism relate. Better said, how Stoicism can improve your well-being. There are many facets of this ancient philosophy, which are still relevant today. We’ll first look at a brief introduction of what Stoicism is and then we will examine the Stoics’ view on how control can help us improve our well-being.
Although I’m surely biased for being Portuguese, I was not always a fan of my country and people. My positivity toward my nation grew a great deal while I lived abroad. Throughout that experience, I learned to cherish the little details of my country such as having plenty of sunlight and sandy beaches. Foods that I didn’t appreciate started to ignite my attention and curiosity. Today I can say I don’t think I would choose a different country to live in at least half of the time.
Nonetheless, I would say that Portugal’s recent popularity is due to some very specific traits most of us share, which may explain why we have only been reintroduced to other European fellows and even to the whole world just now.
Although I respect my colleagues and other professionals who don’t agree that the term food addiction can or should be applied to binge eating, my professional and personal opinion is that dealing with binge eating from an addiction standpoint can be empowering and fruitful. Letting people know that their behavior is likely a disguised attempt to obtain psychological and physical relief from tension accumulated can be life-changing in the way we move through behavioral change stages. Learning how sugared and processed foods can trigger our brain’s reward system also allows us to look at food and its nutritional value from a different stance. It’s much easier to stop binge eating when we know why we do it and why we tend to lose control over high-calorie foods such as chocolate, processed cheeses, and candy.