Emotional Eating Pattern 2
Needing to connect
Do you crave sweet or comforting foods? Do you find it hard to wait for food or fear there will not be enough? Do you have cravings for specific foods that you can’t kick? Do you have to eat very quickly? Do you reward yourself with something ‘naughty but nice’? Or do you eat food that you know is bad for you, then punish yourself after? Do you struggle to stop eating, even when you are full or never feel you have enough? If so, this eating pattern may be blocking you from losing weight.
Food is love
Your emotional hunger or need for food may come from a deeper part of you that longs to connect. We help you identify your relational attachment pattern which could be blocking you from losing weight. Certain relational attachment styles can lead to overeating and cravings especially for comfort food. When you understand this, you can give yourself the love you crave instead of reaching for food.
Emotional Eating Pattern 4
Managing your emotions
Do you eat to make yourself feel better emotionally? Do you eat to change the way you feel? Do you eat to block an emotion or cope with an emotion? Maybe you find it hard to eat regularly because your emotional life feels chaotic. If you manage your emotions by turning to food you may be blocking your attempts at losing weight. This can lead to overeating and unhealthy food choices. If this is you, learning to manage your emotions through emotional regulation will help you unblock this pattern.
How to stop using food to cope
If you manage your emotions by turning to food, you are more likely to gain weight. To understand how to do this we introduce you to the concept of emotional regulation. This will help you eat more regularly and use natural mechanisms in your body to manage your emotional life. Once you feel confident with new ways of managing your emotional life, you will not need to use food for this.
Emotional Eating Pattern 6
Do you struggle with your boundaries around food? Do you find it difficult to say no to food someone offers or to food you would like? Do you feel guilty about the way you eat? Is your eating sometimes out of control? Do you sabotage your weight loss by getting off to a good start then making food choices that ruin your good work? If so you may find this eating pattern is blocking your chances of sustained weight loss.
Making it happen
It is important to be able to have good boundaries and healthy autonomy around the way you eat and how you treat your body. You need to have the inner strength to be assertive and say no to poor food choices and yes to good ones.