Problematic Eating…is that YOU?
Have you ever wondered WHY, even though you have every intention of eating in a healthy and conscious way, it doesn't happen? You make promises everyday to do it differently, you take sware off your " trigger foods" and make solemn oaths to be " good"-
...but you always end up back in the same place?
Problematic Eating is a term that describes any situation whereby a person is compromised due to an inability to eat in a way that does not cause stress physically, emotionally and/or mentally. Usually this involves a concern that is above average with weight and shape, or an overall concern about how one looks.
A person with Problematic Eating will experience emotional, environmental, cognitive and/or interpersonal triggers that will lead them to act out in behaviours that are destructive around food. Emotional eating, eating in response to feelings rather than hunger, is one factor that may exist. Eating compulsively, in a way that feels " out of control" may also be present, whereby a person is consuming food past the point of being full. Binge eating and restricting may or may not be present at various levels.
As a Problematic Eater, it is common to feel like there is no "off "button. You struggle with the ability to use food as its true purpose rather than a tool to mask what is really going on. Those who do not suffer from Problematic Eating are able to use food as nourishment, and as a tool for self care. Eaters who eat " normally" are able to choose foods they want and they eat to live rather than live to eat. Essentially, " normal eaters" do not have distorted thinking around food.
How to know if Problematic Eating might be YOU…
- You think "today is the day" I will start eating mindfully and in a healthy way..but you can't get started or you sabotage before the day is done.
- You are often saying " tomorrow it will be different" but nothing seems to change
- You turn to food to deal with emotions
- You eat unconsciously and wish you hadn't once its over
- You have a very critical inner voice that judges you for eating or not eating the "right" food
- You have an eating disorder- or not
- You have tried every diet out there, and nothing works permanently
- You are sick and tired of being on the roller coaster- but you are always on it
- You must loose weight and you want to do it in a healthy way but can't
- You think and/ or obsess about food a lot of the time
- You cannot seem to loose the weight you need to regardless of what " diet" you have tried
- You are always trying to loose weight but it never lasts
If any of these bullet points sounds all to familiar…or even 1 of these …its time to let go of the diet mentality once and for all and begin a journey of REAL RECOVERY with food, shape and weight.
Making a decision to go to any lengths to overcome Problematic Eating means letting go of the "diet mentality" for good.
It means stepping off the roller coaster of control and stepping into real life- real intimacy and real connection with yourself and others around you.
When you make the decision that you want more to life than a number on a scale- that you want to know and love yourself deeply, that you deserve that…only then can you truly let go of the craziness with food.
The journey is not as long as you think, but coming to surrender can take a lifetime. It takes conscious choice and deep desire.
Letting go of the "quick fix" mentality is the first step. Asking for help to change is the next step- … and changing your extreme thinking around food and emotions must be part of your program to heal- FOR LIFE!
If you want to loose weight FOR GOOD…if you want to be HEALTHY for good..you must acknowledge that you are a Problematic Eater and that the DIET…in any way, shape , or form…is NOT for you.
If you belong here, there is good news ! You can heal…not for a day, or a month, or a year- but for a LIFETIME!
Begin the journey with us on August 11th. Our 12 week Online Program to: Healing From Problematic Eating for Life is still open- and discounts are still available!
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