Does your relationship to and behavior with food get the better of you? Does how you feel about yourself reflect how you feel about your relationship to end behavior with food? Do you know that overeating or undereating isn’t healthy, but you feel powerless to stop it?
In this video, I’ll share about the impact your emotions have on your behavior with food, steps you can take to find freedom, and why it’s not as simple as you may think.
Emotional eating is a commonly used term to describe behavior such as overeating, compulsive eating, or stress eating. It refers to eating behaviors that are driven by emotions that are uncomfortable and easier not to feel. It’s thought of as a negative behavior since the emotions that often trigger such behavior are intense anger, loneliness, grief, or anxiety.
I’m going to fundamentally reframe this for you. You see, as humans, we feel we can bring emotion to the table and acknowledge what’s driving our behavior. We can even recognize that positive emotions such as joy and love can drive us to overeat as we remember a beloved grandmother’s favorite recipe, or feel celebratory as we indulge in yet another serving of deliciousness. So what’s the issue then? You may be wondering where I’m going with this.
Eating with emotion honors our fundamental humaneness. Eating in an effort NOT to feel emotion is when it becomes a solution that quickly becomes the problem. Can you relate? You see, if you are struggling with eating challenges, whether it’s overeating or any form of restrictive eating, it becomes easy to forget food is a source of nourishment — information for the body. Food then becomes a source of comfort, and sometimes, a source of punishment. Food can help you feel safe and protected from painful emotions. It becomes a metaphor for how you are sourcing your self worth. In other words, how you are feeling about yourself.
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