Halt Emotional Eating

Meryl Beck_PostEmotional eating does not start at birth! Babies eat because they are hungry: they eat as much as they want and stop when they’ve had enough. Food is used for physical hunger, as well as for pleasure.

For emotional eaters like me, however, I soon learned to use food for other reasons.

What about you? Do you use food:

▪   To diminish emotional or physical pain?

▪   To fill up an inner emptiness?

▪   To procrastinate instead of being on task?

▪   To ease boredom?

▪   To calm anxiety or stress?

▪   To stay awake when feeling tired or drained?

▪   To reward yourself?

▪   To punish yourself?

Any of these? All of these? Or perhaps something else? If so, keep reading…

For years I’ve told my clients, “I don’t know anyone who gets up each day and says, ‘I wonder how I can screw up my day today.’  We each do the best we can with the tools we have.”

My main message to clients and to readers of my book, Stop Eating Your Heart Out: The 21-Day Program to Free Yourself from Emotional Eating is: Embrace yourself and all your human foibles. Stop the criticism. Focus on your beauty, your uniqueness, rather than your flaws!

The question to ask yourself right now: “Am I ready to give up my emotional eating?”

It has served you in some way or you wouldn’t be doing it. Maybe now is the perfect time for you to follow my 5-ingredient ASPIC recipe to understand why you emotionally eat and take these steps to become free:

  1. A – Become Aware. Become conscious of what you are eating and when. What are your triggers? When did the emotional eating begin?
  2. S – Build a strong support system. Self-help groups. Therapy. Spiritual support. Caring friends and relatives. Self-care.
  3. P – Personal Energy work. Use energy techniques to keep yourself from feeling drained and needing to grab something to eat for fortification! Learn RITT, my favorite tool, to stop your cravings!
  4. I- Inner Growth Work. The past is not just the past…it intrudes on the present in many ways. Clearing past hurts and resentments frees up a lot of energy and lessens the need or desire for excess food. 
  5. C- Conscious choices. Your attitude is a choice. You can choose to do forgiveness work, make peace with yourself and others, and live in gratitude.

Aren’t you sick and tired of being sick and tired?

It’s time to put yourself first, empower yourself, and create your own ASPIC to halt the emotional eating!

To claim your free e-book, “Acupressure Techniques for Weight Control,” go to Stop Eating Your Heart Out.

Meryl Hershey Beck, M.A., M.Ed., is a licensed professional clinical counselor and the author of the Amazon best-seller, STOP EATING YOUR HEART OUT: The 21-Day Program to Free Yourself from Emotional Eating. She has helped thousands of women break the chains of emotional eating and live a joy-filled, authentic life.

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