Therapist's take

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Spoke to my therapist today about my resolutions (of COURSE I have a therapist, I'm from New York, aren't I?!). I told her I'm not eating all that much because I am trying to eat when hungry and I never seem to feel hungry. I also don't eat that much when I do eat, because I'm having trouble gauging when I'm full. She said that my lack of eating was just the flipside of eating for every reason except hunger. She also felt it was a control issue. She said it will be hard to get in touch with my actual hunger after so many decades of not listening to my body. I think it will be a long journey but worth it.

Got Geneen Roth's Breaking Free of Emotional Eating from Amazon and started reading it. So far so good.
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    GAYLLYNNE is right its a process. Its the getting back up and starting it over that you have to get to stick, no matter how many times it takes to figure out what works for you to do this. No giving up and going backwards. Therapist sounds like a good one. Good for you for listening!

    3733 days ago
    Talking over your eating issues with your therapist makes total sense. You're paying for her to help you with everything, so good for you for recognizing something you want to change.

    My problem has never really been hunger; it's been that I just really enjoy eating! What I had to do when I first started with SP was eat at scheduled times to make sure that I was eating enough. I made sure I ate at my scheduled breakfast, lunch, dinner, and at least two snack times throughout the day. It was a bit annoying at first, eating when I wasn't really hungry, but my body's getting used to it.

    3733 days ago
    You are doing a great job! You know this is a "process" and you know that eventually you will get it all figured out. We've done this before and we will do it again until we get it right. I'm right there with you, you can count on that!
    3733 days ago
  • DKWP614
    Maybe one extreme (eating) or the other (not eating) is confusing your body-mind connection. Here's a suggestion that seems to be working for me.

    How about going into the cookbooks and finding foods that sound tasty, and build those into your weekly nutrition planner. Eat one serving of everything you make. But just to satisfy the emotional part of you that doesn't want to eat too much, leave one or two bites on the plate. That way, you'll be getting all the nutrition your body needs to work and lose weight (weird I know), but you'll also be satisfying the emotional part of you that doesn't want to eat too much.

    Just don't give those last two bites to the dog - you don't want him overweight!

    I am sure you can reach your goals. Caring enough about yourself to engage in conversation with a therapist shows your dedication to your health!!

    Congratulations on loving yourself enough!!
    Diana Kathryn
    3733 days ago
    This is a journey for everyone..not a destination! Hang in there fellow New Yorker!
    3734 days ago
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