Eating My Feelings
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Recently, I have been reevaluating my plan for living healthy. One issue which stands out is that I routinely use food to deal with my emotions. On a positive note I have learned to recognize this pattern as an indication that some aspect of my life is out of control.
Therein lies the challenge Identifying the emotional triggers and taking the necessary steps to resolve the issue, and prevent reaching for the most accessible item . unfortunately, this is often food which has been processed for convenience. This results in a high calorie intake with little or no nutrition.
What do you do about those unidentified emotions? The pain which hits for no apparent reason. Whether or not we can identify our emotional hunger,food is not therapy. The attempt to eat away our feelings is never successful.
I know this because I have tried, and continue to try to make this work. I eat when I am in pain, I eat when I am angry, I eat when I am anxious or stressed. Not once,in any of the above circumstances does eating get rid of the feelings. It is only working on the issues behind the urge to overeat that the balance between hunger and emotional eating can be attained.