What is Emotional Eating?
It's simply the use of food in a reaction to our emotions it's actually perfectly normal & it doesn't have to be a problem on balance. We often celebrate with food, such as cake for special occasions or with festive treats that we associate with particular seasons or traditions. We can also use food to comfort & nourish ourselves and that could be in the form of a wholesome, healthy stew on a cold autumn day for example.
It’s perfectly natural to do these things & it isn’t a problem….unless these choices become ill informed, out of control or reguarly unhealthy. It can become problematic when we are feeding ourselves in order to avoid or to suppress/numb uncomfortable feelings, to cope with stress/overwhelm or because we believe that is the best way to show kindness to ourselves.
Sometimes, food can become our 'reward' or 'compensation' or both. So any excuse can be found for celebration of commiseration & the closest, most convenient source is food, often junk or processed food.
When we feel we have little control & it begins to negatively affect our lives, health & happiness, that’s when it becomes something we might like to address. Feeling nicely full is a comforting feeling but feeling really hungry or totally stuffed isn’t pleasant for our body.
It becomes unhealthy when we are using food to self-medicate, to punish ourselves or attempting to use it to replace feelings of emptiness or loneliness.
When food is regularly serving more than physical hunger, our brain is in control, not our stomach.
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My aim is to help you develop a healthy, long term relationship with food, to reduce cravings, change habits & regain control. It does not involve counting calories or di. etsI have successfully changed my relationship with sugar, weight & my own body through this work & found much greater peace & now I enjoy supporting others through their journey.
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