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Are You Obsessed With Food? Do you plan your meals all day, get excited about the new food you’re going to try, or just can’t take your mind off of food? This article will show you exactly how to regain control of your mind. Imagine going through the day being fully present at what you’re doing, feeling calm, relaxed, and focused, with food being at the bottom of your priority list. How much more pleasant and peaceful your life would be! Discover how you can do that now below.
This is part 2 of an article about guilty eating. Part 1 is at Stop Feeling Guilty about Eating
How to Break Free from Guilt and Emotional Eating:
Emotional eaters use food to modulate their emotions whether it’s to promote positive emotions or suppress unpleasant ones.
As an emotional eater, you may experience some guilt after overeating and you may also choose to have more food to alleviate that guilt.
This is not always the case but a common scenario is this: you feel something and though you may not know what that feeling is, you know that you must eat. You eat food out of an urge, not physical hunger. Soon, you feel bad about what you did. You may then decide to eat some more to suppress that bad feeling.
No matter what you do, if you eat food to regulate your feelings, your greatest asset is your honesty and your willingness to welcome your emotions and listen. Continue Reading
With an evergreen weight-loss industry constantly putting the blame on their customers, it comes as no surprise that guilt about eating, let alone overeating relentlessly tortures dieters’ or “wannabe dieters’” minds.
What I mean by wannabe dieters are people who are dissatisfied with their weight and who may consider dieting as a possible solution. This includes any form of food or calorie restriction, temporary fasting, forbidden food lists and so forth.
I know someone whose food guilt makes her exercise for an hour for every cookie she eats; I know others who binge eat only to have massive feelings of guilt and shame just after eating, and yet others who just feel guilty about everything and for whom food is just one small aspect of their guilty feelings.
I used to feel guilty just for existing. I was the “I’m bad to the core; it’s all my fault” person. Not any more! That’s why I’m really excited to share with you below my best tips to help you stop feeling guilty when you eat.
Binge eating and emotional eating may share similar patterns but can vary greatly among individuals. I used to believe that binge eating and emotional eating were pretty much the same thing, but I now I have changed my mind. Many women display both forms of compulsive overeating which make them harder to differentiate. The path to normal eating is different for each.
I have already covered each type of food addiction at emotional eating and binge eating separately, but I want to do a quick overview to help you assess what to do in your specific situation.
What is emotional eating?
I haven’t found a proper definition of emotional eating online, but I would describe it as a way to modulate emotions, stress and boredom through food. This kind of eating, like binge eating, is not based on hunger. Its causes are quite different. One of the main causes of binge eating is dieting. Learn more about binge eating causes at What is binge eating? . Continue Reading