So many people start a diet, they fail to recognize their relationship with food. Some people use food as more than basic nutrition and fuel, but as an emotional crutch.
Emotional eating is created by many factors. This article can bring some of these reasons your attention so you can realize your true relationship to food.
If you recognize your relationship with food that is out of control, you may want to seek professional help from a psychologist or counselor.
Take time to read this article and study why you eat.
It is a hard trial, but you can learn a valuable lesson that will help you with your weight loss efforts.
*** If you suspect you have bulimia or anorexia, get help immediately. ***
Friends-family members you trust
. Ability to listen to people without being “wounded”.
Desire to change the current relationship with food.
take a week
Do not try to diet, just take a week to eat how you normally would.
Keep a journal of:
* Everything you eat and drink
* The time you eat
* Your emotions (happy / sad / tired / bored), if no emotion were involved only put a “line -” by listing your
* Note: if you were hungry or full, or in between when you eat adds a +1 for SUPER HUNGRY and 5 for FULL. . Eventually journal item listed.
You can keep up with this food journal online, on a spreadsheet, on a piece of paper.
You must be honest because this information is between you and you alone.
the second week
Look at the food journal and see if there are any patterns you can follow.
Did you eat certain foods when you were happy? Were you looking for comfort in food? Were you just bored and looking for a crunch in some potato chips during your favorite TV show? Did you just WANT / DESIRE / require a slice of cheesecake – ?. And so ended up eating 3 pieces
look at these PATTERNS
In a healthy relationship with food, you will probably have eaten when you were hungry. Mostly 3’s or lower by the food listings. You made good choices in food, and it can be an indiscretion with food if you were out to eat with a group. But mostly you did not reach for food when things were not going right or later in the evening when you watched tv. There will be a dash of many of the food entries
If your relationship with food is more serious, you will see 3-5 is next to the entries. Eat when you are full, when the day is not going well, when you are very tired, depending on the mood.
understand why you HAVE an unhealthy relationship with food
Emotional overeating can go back to childhood. When children are at special events such as birthdays parties, they get treats. When children go to the doctor and get a shot, they get a lollipop to make it better. Good times = food, sad times = food.
Unfortunately, this is not something over eaters not growing. As you grow up, you can add other “special treats” to comfort yourself.
I overeat, and I understand now that when I reach for Lemon Meringue Pie, it brings back fond memories of going to Woolworth lunch counter in downtown Greensboro with my mom. When I have “hurt feelings” I run for the sweetest or the saltiest thing I could find and did not stop until the food is gone. Because I do not want to hurt others, and I would stuff my feelings down with food. Essentially I was hurting myself.
There are many things you can do to instead of eating.
* Play a game of cards
* Clean up slightly
* Brush your teeth
* Call a friend
* If you give into your craving, see if you can get a friend to join you and share your favorite food.
Food addiction is harmful. Unlike a drug addiction or alcohol addiction, you need to eat to live. You can not run away from food. You can search a counselor who will help you solve problems with food. This will lead to a happier, healthier you. You may also have success in weight loss efforts.
Tips and Warnings
When you realize your relationship with food, you should be able to start your weight loss efforts.
anorexia and bulimia can be the result of trying to control a poor relationship with food. If you suspect that you have one of these diseases, seek professional help.