Exploring the Emotional Aspects of Your Overeating
Have you ever wondered why, despite your best efforts and absolute heartfelt commitment to change your problematic eating habits, you continue to feel driven to overeat, even when you are not hungry?
Do you feel as if you are “weak” or “broken” because you do not have enough “willpower” to successfully change your eating behavior for longer than just a few days?
As eating disorder specialists who have spent the past 27 years working to understand our clients and their intimate relationships with food, we know that it takes more than shear “willpower” alone to successfully change your eating behaviors. We know that “traditional” weight loss approaches that focus solely on decreasing calories and increasing exercise are missing a really imperative Emotional piece of the equation, and we know that is why diets (not you!) fail 95% of the time.
The Missing EMOTIONAL Piece to Chronic Overeating
At TheHealthyWeighOut, we believe that long-term behavioral change and sustainable change is absolutely possible, but in order to do so, it is imperative that each of the interrelated Emotional, Nutritional and Physical components of your struggle with food be addressed.
Truly unique to TheHealthyWeighOut program is our incorporation of the essential Emotional component of successful behavioral change.
What IS the “Emotional Piece” to Overeating?
For many, food has become emotional comfort; such as when you reach for the mint chocolate chip ice cream after a hard day’s work, or when feeling lonely. For others, it is a way to quiet feelings of frustration, anger or stress. Sometimes food becomes a means to “numb” scary feelings of pain, loss or loneliness.
For emotional and binge eaters, somehow food has became intimately woven into the emotional aspects of their lives. Food is how we celebrate, grieve and oftentimes ritualize certain events (like popcorn at the movies or pizza night with the boys).
Other times, food is fulfillment or a replacement for deeper meaning in your life that you may be afraid to find or to risk to achieve. The possibilities, really, are endless. But, the primary message is that food is being used for emotional coping, comfort and/or fulfillment as opposed to physical nourishment.
Lastly, we have found that people who tend to turn to food in an excessive, oftentimes compulsive, manner, have never been taught effective emotional coping skills to help manage the normal, oftentimes overwhelming, demands of daily life. While you may go to work and function quite well on the outside, chronic emotional and binge eaters tend to feel very chaotic and overwhelmed on the inside. They hang in there throughout the day, but look forward to calming and comforting themselves with food, typically at night.
Check out Dr. Ashley‘s episode of WeighOut Wednesday, in which she discusses this very topic.
The Good News…Relief is on the Way!
At TheHealthyWeighOut, we are SO excited to help people address the Emotional aspects of their overeating and their chronic struggles with weight, because we know that change is absolutely possible!
Even the most chronic struggles with overeating can be drastically diminished, and oftentimes eliminated, when you are able to explore the reasons “why” you overeat, and to learn effective emotional coping skills that help you address and resolve whatever is at the root of your overeating in a healthy, direct manner – without the need to turn to food!
We truly hope you are ready to address your overeating behavior in a manner that takes into consideration the Emotional reasons why you continue to compulsively turn to food, so that you can learn effective new emotional skills that will help you change your overeating behavior – and sustain it for the rest of your life!
If you are ready, please give us a call, we are here to help!