In this lesson, Dr. Mcayla Sarno offers tips on how to heal from emotional eating. She discusses why people turn to food for comfort, and offers strategies to change unhealthy relationships. Consuming food for reasons other than hunger causes harm. Obesity, eating disorders, binge eating and orthorexia stem from emotional connections to food, or feeling out of control.
How to Spot Emotional Eating
Anything from boredom to stress triggers emotional eating. Any time we don’t feel our feelings, and use food to cope, we are eating out of emotion. Sometimes, it’s about not feeling loved. Food makes us feel good. We desire to feel good! But when we miss it from social connections, we seek it elsewhere. And, people are more depressed than ever! Living in a digital society of comparison leaves many of us feeling less-than…all the time. Food becomes a friend. But, that friend doesn’t have your back!
Healing from emotional eating takes time. Staying conscious of decisions, and diving into feelings is the start to rewiring the brain. For example: mindful eating and chewing, therapy and posting reminders on sticky notes.
Tips to Try
- A guided meditation specific to emotional connections to food might help.
- Develop some positive mantras and happen to bring clarity and peace to your life
- Work on the health of your relationships. Focus on quality, not quantity.
- Therapy, or practices to free your mind.
- Work on body confidence.
The 131 Method Can Help
Which habits do you feel you need to overcome to free yourself from the confines of food? Is it something from your past? Perhaps parents who weren’t affectionate, or even abusive in some way? Even when you think you’ve dealt with past issues, the emotional connection to food creeps up unless you’ve done some serious work.
Maybe, things at work or in your relationship feel stressful, and the only way to fill the void or gain control is through food? Let us know in the comments below!