By Susan Albers
Food has the ability to quickly alleviate tension and disappointment, improve pleasure, and produce us convenience once we want it so much. it truly is no ask yourself specialists estimate that seventy five percentage of overeating is caused through our feelings, now not actual starvation. the excellent news is you could in its place soothe your self via dozens of aware actions which are fit for either physique and mind.
Susan Albers, writer of Eating Mindfully, now deals 50 how you can Soothe your self with out Food, a suite of mindfulness abilities and practices for enjoyable the physique in instances of pressure and finishing your dependence on consuming as a way of dealing with tricky feelings. you are going to not just realize effortless how you can soothe urges to overeat, you are going to additionally tips on how to differentiate emotion-driven starvation from fit starvation. achieve for this ebook rather than the fridge subsequent time you're feeling the urge to snack-these possible choices are only as satisfying!
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Food. Food. I think about food a lot. When I start thinking about all of the desserts that sound good to eat, suddenly I can’t get sweets and chocolate off my mind. Thoughts like these keep going around in my brain like a merry-go-round. Meditation is the only thing that helps me make mental peace with food. —John You’ve probably tried several tricks to get the cheesecake in the back of the refrigerator out of your mind: ignored it, tried to pretend it wasn’t there, pleaded with yourself, or tried to talk yourself out of wanting it.
Men, women, teens, adults—just about everyone uses food to regulate their emotions to some degree. This includes normal eaters (people who don’t have eating issues), as well as dieters and those with eating disorders (Macht 2008; Spoor et al. 2007). For some people, emotional eating is a minor issue. It is done only on rare occasions and in little ways. Gobbling a chocolate brownie to deal with a particularly bad case of PMS symptoms is a good example. Munching nervously on popcorn during a scary movie is another.
Many people with eating problems have a lot of difficulty putting into words how they feel. Although your parents may have set the stage for your self-soothing abilities, they weren’t the only people who influenced the development of this ability. You may have had other role models in your life who taught you how to self-soothe. For example, therapy clients often talk about the praise and comfort they received from a beloved teacher, mentor, or relative. When they feel alone or are struggling emotionally, the memory of the kind words spoken by this important person often help them to feel better.
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