Emotional Eating- Don’t Ignore Emotional Pain

Emotional eating seems is so common. There are very few people who never struggle with it on some level. If you eat when you aren’t physically hungry, it is emotional eating. You might think it is just mindless or you are only eating because it looks/tastes good, but I doubt that is the case. In my experience, there is always an emotional trigger if you aren’t eating for hunger. I could go on and on about how and why emotional eating is a struggle for so many people.’

For the majority of people I meet, emotional eating is a struggle because they have tried to ignore their emotional pain. Generally, this pain begins in childhood. Our intellectual adult brain often tells us that the past was a long time ago and it doesn’t matter anymore. If you are still eating your emotions, it absolutely does matter.

Our relationship with food forms early in our life. If we have chaos in our lives as children. If we are abused or feel like we don’t matter for any reason, food becomes a way of coping. When we can’t fight or flee, food becomes our way out of the pain. While you may think you have addressed your past pain, if you engage in emotional eating, you probably haven’t.

The only way out is through. It is hard to go back to the pain of the past. It is hard looking at the horrible things that have happened. It is hard to see the many ways our needs were not met. I think it is harder to continue to struggle every day. If the pain of keeping things the same feels greater than the potential pain of looking at your past, contact me today. The therapies I use allow us to get to the root of the pain quickly to allow rapid healing.

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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