Your emotional eating treatment starts with getting to the core of your emotional eating triggers. We know that food is the most over used anti anxiety, or anti depressant drug used. And it can be seen as a drug as we know that sugar has the same effect on the brain as opium. find more information on Sugar withdrawal here.
When I first started doing consultations as a Naturopath, I was using the amazing Body type healthy eating plan
which worked so well, but I quickly realized that something huge was
missing. Most of my overweight clients also needed some emotional eating
treatment, and when we worked on that, the pounds quickly started to
drop . Take the Emotional eating quiz to see if you're an emotional eater.
Dr. Andrew Weil recently wrote in one of his weekly bulletins about how
being overweight shortens your life. A team of Canadian researchers
examined the correlation between body weight and life expectancy and
calculated that being overweight or obese can take as much as 8 years
off of your life.
What emotions are you trying to alleviate or avoid by eating?
The first thing I discuss with my weight loss clients is that I ask them to always play above the line. What do I mean by that? By playing above the line you take
You have an OAR , you are the captain and you are in charge of your ship. You get to steer the boat where you want it to go!
You may be sailing over choppy waters but know that, if you just keep rowing you will safely get to the shore.
Here is a great 3 minute video to help you get the importance of this point.
When you play below thew line you are stuck in
You make excuses for yourself, you blame others or outside circumstances and you are in denial. You make your BED and you lie in it.
It is time to take charge of your chronic excusitis. Let that go!
If you find yourself reaching for some unhealthy food or having an uncontrollable urge to eat that comes on suddenly, ask yourself.
How do I feel right now?
What am I repressing?
What am I eating instead of feeling?
What one of the feelings listed above am I feeling?
Am I really hungry?
What can I do instead of eating that would make me feel good?
Keep a journal about all that yo are feeling around eating and you will see some patterns emerge, you'll than have the key things you need to work on for your emotional eating treatment.
Here is a great list to help with your emotional eating treatment, compiled in the book Shrink Yourself by Dr. Roger Gould.
Have more fun:
Be more active:
Keep your perspective:
Notice that none of these activities involve watching T.V. take a break from TV, life is too short there are so many better things to do. You also avoid all the commercials advertising unhealthy food.
It's not easy to break out of long term habits. But by coming up with a plan of healthy compensation for your self it can tremendously help your emotional eating treatment. What are you willing to do? Perhaps you need to work on boosting your self esteem. Or you can do this self esteem building exercise.
How patient are you willing to be with yourself?
Forging a new path takes time. We do tend to slip back into the same groove. A lot of patience is needed to create a new groove and to stick with it. Forgiveness and discipline are needed. Patting yourself on the back for all you're doing. Cheering yourself on, for every ''win.''
And I am serious about this! After spending decades putting myself down, I really make the effort to catch myself if I hear that little voice saying, ''you're so stupid.'' I won't listen to that negative self talk anymore. Instead I say, ''Yay, me!''
I also have a most wonderful girlfriend who cheers me on. I share my successes with her and she yells, ''Yay Sue-Anne!!'' It's so awesome! Do you have someone who can cheer you on? (hint, for me it's definitely not a family member!)
Hi, my name is Sue-Anne Hickey, I'm a certified naturopath, weight loss specialist and creator of Bodytypology. If you recognize yourself here and are struggling with emotional eating, I can help! For over 12 years I've been helping my clients overcome everything that's been holding them back from dropping the pounds they want to and especially with emotional eating!
Contact me and not only will you have your personalized body type plan to help you lose the weight more easily. You will also have someone to keep you on track, to hold you accountable, and someone who cheers you on!
If you liked this article you will also find more great information on emotional eating here.
1. Gould, Roger, M.D., Shrink Yourself, Break free from emotional eating forever (Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2007) 190-192