Here’s some quick food for thought if you dub yourself as an “emotional eater”:
Consider that overeating or binge eating can sometimes act as a placeholder for self-care boundaries.
You might turn to food when:
You want to say no, but you say yes anyways
You want to rest, but keep pushing through
You have a need in a relationship, but feel unable/unwilling to express it or meet it
You are overwhelmed and need some space to yourself, but do not acknowledge this
You need to confront someone with the truth of your experience, but don’t
Some of us meet our needs for better self-care boundaries sideways, through painful eating habits.
Know the solution is not simply avoiding food, or distracting yourself with a “better” alternative like going for a walk or reading a book. These may help short-term.
Your GREATEST ally is getting into the long-term habit of SAYING THE TRUTH.
How do you see things?
What’s it like for you?
Where do you need to say ‘no’?
What do you need right now?
What is and is not okay with you?
I am always touched by the deep sharing I hear around this part of the healing process.
If any of the above resonates with you, consider that your eating challenge is not here to be a bother. It’s here calling you into evolution, asking you to learn what it really means to love, respect, and care for yourself with integrity.
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