Eating for comfort and mood management is a powerful ritual. It may have served its purpose over a thousand times throughout a person’s lifetime. Diets fail because they are based on restrictions, rules, do’s and don’ts, good or bad foods and so on. Former yo-yo dieters are left with suggestions regarding their behavior and don't take into account the complex triggers and early imprints that lead to emotional eating. Strict prescriptions and guidelines tend to leave dieters
If you have been on the diet roller coaster your whole life - this blog post is for you. If you have been exposed to "toxic diet culture" since you were a child, this post is for you. If you were body shamed at an early age, this post is for you! The Diet History Client "Samantha" has been on countless diets before. All her life she has been told that she is chubby and needs to watch watch she eats. She loses weight and then regains it. She is overweight and not at peace with
Who hasn't done it? Grab a cookie, a piece chocolate or dig into a bag of chips to cope with stress, anxiety or anxiousness? In my work as Emotional Eating Counselor I have found that stress eating is the number one reason for clients to reach for a snack when they aren't physically hungry. Let's examine STRESS and what to do about it. I hope that some of my tips prove to be helpful tools to live a more balanced and joyful life! Tip #1 - Accept: We all get stressed at times.
Why do we eat when we are not hungry? Using food to feel better is very common, however, it causes unwanted weight gain, feelings of guilt and a sense of losing control. Sometimes it may be very difficult to feel painful feelings, and reaching for food represents a “quick fix” - thereby providing immediate yet short-lived comfort. The emotional eater is left with the original feeling plus the added guilt of eating. The therapeutic goal is to change this behavior over time by