Emotional eating to fill the emptiness inside

Eating compulsively, craving sweet or salty food, and afterwards feeling stuffed full or sick, has nothing to do with hunger. We may blame it on PMT, the menopause, our boss, partner, children, stress or stuff going on in our life, yet we know there is more to it than this. We have all been there. Emotional eating in this way can so eaily lead to weight gain, or it can sabotage our efforts to lose weight.

Emotional reasons for overeating—why do we do it?

We are emotional beings, and yet we are rarely taught how to deal with challenging emotions such as; anger, rage, jealousy, panic, fear, grief or shame. All too often these emotions are ignored, repressed or dumped onto someone else—which causes all kinds of problems. Because we don’t know how to process or channel these emotions, our subconscious coping mechanisms are triggered when these emotions rise to the surface. TOur subconscious has associated with food (and/or drink) and so it is this that drives us to overeat. Our subconscious is vastly more powerful than our conscious mind, so whilst we can rationally know our overeating isn’t helping us, we can’t stop ourselves.

How to stop emotional eating

On the Eat Well—Be Well program, I will teach you how to recognise your subconscious triggers and all of the differnt ways you can deal with it through distraction, Belly Breathing, anchoring and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). All of these techniques help you change how you react and respond to what is going on in your life, so you have tools and methods to deal with things consciously, istead of just being driven by subconscious programming.

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