Archive for the ‘Compulsive Eating’ Category
Here’s part five of a six part series all about how you can take control of your Chocolate Monster for good, stop overeating, while simultaneously losing weight, stress, and guilt.
Here’s part four of a six part series all about how you can take control of your Chocolate Monster for good, stop overeating, while simultaneously losing weight, stress, and guilt.
Here’s part three of a six part series all about how you can take control of your Chocolate Monster for good, stop overeating, while simultaneously losing weight, stress, and guilt.
One of the most painful parts of emotional overeating is the constant “food chatter” inside our heads. For many people, thinking about and planning their next meal overtakes so many more precious and genuinely pleasurable things in their lives, they’d be happy to skip over any weight concerns if they could just turn off the food thoughts.
Well, it turns out, paradoxically, that the reason food thoughts get the better of us is because we’re so frightened of them, and we criticize ourselves so harshly for having them.
Learn how to safely bring them into the light, and they lose their power, much like the ghosts and goblins of lore.
In this short but powerful MP3, Glenn and I discuss why it’s so hard to recognize the cause, and how you can start to take control of those annoying “feed me” voices in your head.
I really hope you’ll listen. It’s less than 15 minutes and it really could change your life.
And I hope you’ll also consider beginning to end your battle with food with the Emotional Eating Power Pack
All my best,
Carol Munter is one of the original pioneers of the anti-diet approach to overcoming overeating, binges, and yo-you weight loss and weight gain. In this wonderful 33 minute interview, Sharon gets her to share the essentials of her approach. Enjoy!
Carol’s Book: Overcoming Overeating (website is OvercomingOveating.com)
Emotional eaters are so frightened of them. As if the very thought of food was going to lead to an everlasting binge. So we live our lives looking for that perfect, safe little box we call the miracle diet. You know, the one that’s going to last forever, bring us perfectly sized thighs, a narrow waist, and the eyes of every last man on the planet.
Except that perfect diet doesn’t exist.
Diets tell us “you’re not trustworthy”.
Diets tell us “you don’t deserve”.
Diets tell us “you’ll get used to being hungry”.
Here’s why this makes me so mad–Our bodies are little natural miracles!
All by themselves they regulate hundreds (or thousands) of biological processes, letting us know what to “DO” to be sure we don’t die. They make sure we get just the right amount of water, they keep our temperature in a very narrow range, they regulate potassium, sodium, and hundreds of additional minerals and enzymes, tell us when to go potty, sleep, run, fight, and more.
So why in the world shouldn’t we trust them to tell us what to eat?
But that frightens you, right? It frightened me too, at first. (Very much)
But then I studied weight loss, dieting, and most especially emotional eating for years. I thought I was going to find a grand secret (so did Glenn). Then I finally realized the secret is that there IS no secret!
We don’t realize the wisdom of our bodies because we’re too way pre-occupied to pay attention. We’re not really present when we eat. (Thanks to authors Geneen Roth, Carol Munter, and Linda Bacon for finally putting this together for me by the way, I intend to do my best to get each of these expert authors recorded and podcast as soon as possible)
Turns out being present (really present, as in not doing anything else, and thoroughly enjoying the pleasurable sensations) increases our absorption of nutrients and triggers our satiety mechanisms. But because we feel so guilty about what we eat, and we’re so distracted by TV, family, the car, our work, the computer, etc…. we’re really NOT there when the food’s going down.
As a result, we never feel satisfied, and no amount is enough.
Of course, adding to this is the processing of food, and addition of chemicals which bypass our satiety mechanisms. (Did you know high fructose corn syrup gives you calories, but doesn’t trigger your “full switch”? Brilliant and profitable invention for Corporate America. Not so good for its people!)
Seems as soon as the world figured out we don’t mind our “McMortgage” so much as long as we have our “McMuffin”, it’s been downhill from there.
What’s a girl (or boy) to do?
Celebrate your cravings.
Try experiencing your food again, you just might be surprised at how little it takes to please you.