If you have ever felt a little out of control when it comes to eating, you’re not alone. If you have ever eaten a large amount of food, sometimes in secrecy only to feel guilty and frustrated with yourself afterward, you are not alone. Emotional eating can take many different forms. This disordered form of eating doesn’t necessarily mean you have an eating disorder, although it can. What is at the foundation are deeper emotions that have nothing to do with food. Food is not the problem, in fact when we binge it really isn’t about the food at all. Food acts, to so many of us, as many things such as comfort when we are overwhelmed, stressed, or sad. It serves to “alleviate” boredom, it provides for ample distraction when we are avoiding things. Basically, food when used in this manner, is a source of numbness, a way to disconnect with what’s really going on.
How do I know this? Because I have used food many times in my youth, as SO many of us do. What I learned, however, was that by tuning in and listening to what was really going on, underneath the urge to reach for food, was where the freedom came from. In my practice, we take a look at what is going on beneath the surface and begin to shift your relationship with food as well as the relationship you have with yourself. Weight loss doesn’t just come from knowing what to eat. It comes from how you think of and care for yourself, it comes from why we eat. Giving yourself space to connect with what is really there for you instead of using a big bag of potato chips to disconnect, will help you in ways you cannot imagine.
Some tips I recommend when beginning this process:
If this resonated with you and you’re interested in exploring more, I’m here for you. Schedule a consultation call and we’ll talk soon!