There are many emotional issues that can be in the way of living at a healthy weight. Some of them are feeling vulnerable, inadequate, unattractive, depressed, stuck, unmotivated, and unworthy. Others are feeling guilt, shame or suppressed emotions, hurt or past abuse. Feeling unlovable, continuous self-sabotage, self-loathing and being in a cycle of anger and resentment can also have you heading for comfort foods.
So how can you release and resolve the emotional issues?
1. Commit to making your health a priority. This means believing you are valuable and deserve a healthy body.
2. Feeling your emotions instead of keeping them buried. Many people spend their time thinking rather than feeling because feeling can be uncomfortable. When those unwelcome feelings come up, they try to shut them down with junk food (smoking, watching TV. drugs, and so forth.) Your feelings hold the key to your well-being. Your feelings give you the opportunity to expand, release pain, break down the armor that prevents you from experiencing your ideal weight, peace and joy. Journaling is a great practice to put words to your feelings.
3. Breathe consciously. Many people breathe shallowly in the upper chest and this keeps your body tight, stagnant and working harder. When you breathe slowly, deeply (as if you are inflating a balloon in your belly) and consciously, you feel your body and can tune in to what it is telling you. Breathe into your whole body, from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. Begin to notice where in your body you are feeling anything less than happy. Imagine giving it a name, a color, a weight, a texture, a symbol or even a taste or smell. Be with it for a few minutes and then decide if you want to keep it there or release it. If you choose to release it, imagine breathing it out and breathing in a healing or happy color. Acknowledge yourself for what you are beginning to do.
4. Listen to your body. Recognize when you need rest, play, work, hydration or nourishment. Did you know that when you have a headache, many times it's telling you to drink more water? It's when we don't listen to our bodies that stress, tension, fear, frustration, anxiety and over-eating set in. Begin a
self-hypnosis, meditation or yoga practice and take a break during your day
when your body begins telling you to stop and breathe. You can incorporate the practice above as well.
5. Blend what you are learning into your life. It doesnt need to be one BIG change. Sometimes just making one small change will turn into something really significant! Making new choices in regard to times, places and reasons for overeating. It's not about behavior, but about your choices. Remember to be kind with yourself as you begin what can be very uncomfortable at times.
Integrative Mind-Body therapies are often the key to learning the source of the food addiction or emotional eating. In the holistic world, it's not about what's wrong with you. This is not talk therapy or food deprivation. It's about what is out of balance and what can be even better. It's about re-framing your perception of what you thought you couldn't change. The process will assist you in healing the past to clear the way for living your best life.
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