In my last video, Fearless Eating, you learned the three questions to ask yourself for deciding what to eat without restriction and deprivation. In this video, you’ll understand why emotional eating sometimes feels so persistent and insistent and why it is important to meet your true needs in more effective ways than eating.
When you learn to make decisions this way, food begins to lose its power over you! Before you know it, you’ll be able to eat what you love without being afraid of losing control!
It is so exciting to work with people who are applying these lessons to their lives and solving eating problems they’ve had for years!
Now let’s talk about another theme I noticed when I read through the hundreds of eating challenges you’ve shared.
Emotional eating sometimes feels persistent and insistent!
In this video, we begin to talk about emotional eating. I say “begin” because emotional eating is a complex topic with many layers for most of us.
I find metaphors very helpful when I teach, so I hope the image of the two buckets was helpful for understanding why your cravings sometimes feel so powerful, persistent, and insistent—and why it is so important to get a handle on them!
The point is, your needs are valid and important! When your other needs are not being met, you will continue to crave food.
The complexity arises because we need to also learn the language of emotions and how to decipher what they are trying to tell us about our underlying needs.
Ultimately, learning to manage emotional eating isn’t really about the food. It’s about meeting your true needs in more effective ways than eating.
We explore all these topics in detail in our Level 1 Mindful Eating Support Community. Click here to learn more!