A Battle With Compulsive Eating

I struggled with compulsive eating for many, many years. I felt empty inside and ate to fill the void. Food feels like a hug from the inside out. When we eat to that stuffed point, it somehow feels like it grounds us. We temporarily feel a calm in the chaos. However, it is only temporary. Soon, we won’t be full and the empty feeling starts to creep back in. No amount of food truly takes it away. I have described it to my clients as trying to fill the Grand Canyon with pizza. You can throw one pizza in after another, but it won’t fill up. It simply cannot be done. It took a lot of work to sort out my relationship with food and heal my experiences that led to the insatiable emptiness. I tried crazy diets. I tried talking myself out of eating. I tried compulsive exercise to punish myself for eating. None of it worked. The more I tried to shut it down, the stronger the urges became. I just became worn down and my body broke down. The insanity of it all almost seems comical now. Almost. Talk therapy only worked to a small extent.

Then, I discovered EMDR Therapy. Cue the sound of angels! I started to figure things out in a real and meaningful way. I started to understand what was happening in my brain and in my body. I understood the intense desire to separate from my body. Then, I discovered Intuitive Eating. After I had healed so much emotionally, I was able to come together with my body and change my eating. It has been a hard and painful journey. I have dissected every piece of my life and it has not been pretty. However, I have learned how to emerge like the Phoenix. I have climbed out of the grips of emotional Hell. You can too! The combination of EMDR, ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Intuitive Eating skills is profoundly life changing! If you want more information, please contact me today!


Michelle Lewis

Michelle Lewis

Michelle Lewis has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Weber State University and a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. She has been working in the mental health field since 2001.

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