Struggling with emotional eating - You are not alone!
It’s Monday morning and you are desperately ‘sick’ of feeling the way you do. Waking up exhausted, not doing the exercise you said you would. A weekend of eating everything in sight, because on Monday, you are getting healthy and you are stocking up on everything you won’t be able to have anymore.
You have a plan! Meals are going to be delivered and you have booked in an exercise class. You are feeling motivated, because you HAVE to do something about your health. But you are also very familiar with this cycle, you have done it many times in the past. Everything goes well until………… it doesn’t.
And when it doesn’t your old trusted companion is there to help you through the overload and overwhelm. The old feelings of having nothing to treat yourself to after a crazily stressful day. The yukky feeling in your tummy because you have had a massive argument with your boss. The feeling of looking in the mirror and feeling hopeless about where you are at. The utter exhaustion and the incredibly powerful feelings of hunger and cravings that will make everything feel temporarily better - FOOD!
It's right there in front of you. Calling your name. You are struggling between self-control and letting go. But it seems to win again. This feeling of temporary relief from the challenges of life - calling, screaming, and forcing you - louder and louder. You start searching it out – the high fat or sugary foods - and suddenly you are immersed in an eating frenzy. The calming and soothing effect of food returns and saturates every inch of you. Suddenly you are right back in the middle of the cycle you were desperately trying to escape.
The hopelessness steps in, the feeling of having no control, the guilt and shame.
It feels like nothing is EVER going to work.
I absolutely understand this feeling and one thing I am certain about is this - emotional or stress eating is NOT about a lack of self-control. It is NOT because you are week or lack discipline.
It is, however, a way that you have learned to deal with stress and emotional overload. Over the years your brain has laid down a pathway that has become a habitual way of responding to stress. If your current pathway is to reach for some chocolate, it is probably something that has been wired into your brain years before. When you reach for the chocolate, dopamine is released in the brain, which makes you feel calm and soothed in that moment. Unfortunately, the soothing only lasts a moment but eventually becomes an automatic and unconscious response to stress.
Our dieting and weight loss industry is failing us as a society. So many of the current weight loss and health programs do not focus on changing stress and emotional reactions but focus merely on providing you with another eating plan. As Einstein said, 'Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.'
I have gone on my own emotional eating journey. I have also worked extensively with clients who have struggled with emotional eating and weight loss. Through this experience, I feel that the missing link is not in another dieting approach. It is in looking at ways to rewire and control brain stress and find new and healthier ways to deal with the triggers that cause mindless eating and junk food binges.
The challenging part here is that the way we individually react to stress, and the mechanisms through which we deal with that stress, happen very quickly. In most individuals it is unconscious. It is at this moment that we need to choose a healthier pathway so that a new and more positive strategy gets laid down. A pathway that doesn’t merely numb the intensity of the pain short-term, but allows for the build-up of stress to be permanently released from the body.
There are so many powerful and incredible ways you can do this, and you can find long-term freedom from emotional eating.
If you would like more information, please schedule a FREE strategy call with myself through the following link - Book a call with Michele HERE.
I have worked with hundreds of women and men to break the food addiction cycle, and in doing so, create a healthy and balanced life. I believe we all have an incredible ability to achieve anything we want and desire, we simply need the steps and support to get us there.