Have you ever downed an entire package of chips, crackers, or cookies? Ate pizza or cake until you felt sick? Drank more coffee or wine than your body wanted? Had an overwhelming craving that you acted on, and then totally regretted it?
Do you remember how you were feeling at the time? Sometimes we overeat to help distract us from emotional pain. Think about it—have you noticed that sometimes when you overeat you’re not hungry at all? What you are is lonely. Or angry. Or sad. Or resentful. Or frustrated. Or something else.
Food makes us feel good, so it is natural for us to turn to food to help us cope with uncomfortable feelings. But, turning to lots of food is merely a temporary "fix," and one that often makes us feel worse. It is more effective to address what's going on emotionally.
So what hurt are YOU holding on to?
Tap Into the Power of Forgiveness
Forgiving is not easy, even for the most enlightened among us. But, you may need to forgive yourself, or a loved one, or even a set of circumstances. If you’ve been allowing your present health to be controlled by past hurts, I urge you to commit to forgiving. These steps can help:
Talk to sympathetic friends and family about your desire to forgive. Chatting with others is tremendously comforting.
Write a letter to the person you’d like to forgive. You can decide whether or not you send it.
See the situation from the other person’s perspective—your own perspective may change.
Don’t forget to forgive yourself. Most of my clients are harshest with themselves. Know that everyone falls short sometimes, and choosing to let it go can be very healing.
Understand that you are responsible for your own attitude. Don’t let holding a grudge keep you from feeling free, open, and powerful in your own life.
Forgive and watch how much easier your relationship with eating becomes.
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