Comfort eating is at epidemic proportions in our society.
I should know, as I suffered through it for many years before finally finding the key to freeing myself from this abusive cycle. I lost over 60 pounds in the process and have kept it off for over 15 years now.
This week, I received an email from a good friend of mine Nicki...
The email is an excellent one as it highlights one of the most common challenges that emerges when we try and use restriction and control as a way to modify our unwanted behaviours.
Here is Nicki’s email:
Dear Katrina, I have put on 28 pounds over the last year through giving up smoking and beginning comfort eating. I have my work cut out for me to lose some of it again, hence buying your yoga programme. I want to heal my body with food and yoga so your beautiful book and Yoga DVD were the obvious place to start :)
Any other insights would be appreciated.
Moving beyond restriction…
Often when we try to restrict something in our lives we will compensate for it in other ways.
In Nicki’s case she gave up smoking and began comfort eating (and gained 28 pounds in the process).
When it comes to losing weight for good, most people are unfortunately focused upon the wrong things.
This largely stems from a dieting industry reliant upon keeping people overweight rather than helping them to understand themselves better and heal.
In this article I will share 3 simple tools that you can use to help stop comfort eating and start healing your body instead.
1. Listen to Your Body
Your body is always speaking to you. The key is to really listen to what it is saying.
Listening to your body will give you answers to all the questions that you have been looking for. Nobody knows your body and life story, better than you.
Your body remembers everything; all your past life experiences, what is safe, what is acceptable and what brings pain, as well as what brings you joy.
When you listen to your body you don’t need an expert or authority to tell you what to do because there is a part of you that already knows.
I recommend that the next time you feel the urge to comfort eat (or smoke or drink), recognize this as important communication from wihtin your body, and take the time to hear what your body is trying to tell you.
Remember that this can be a fun process. So, just allow yourself to be playful and curious to see what you discover!
2. Begin a Daily Journalling Practice
Sit quietly in a comfortable place, with your pen and journal and just allow yourself to write freely without censorship for 15 minutes. Simply write down whatever thoughts and feelings come up for you.
Writing your feelings down on paper breaks the hypnotic spell of them spinning around in your mind.
This process will help you to express and release old thoughts and feelings that may be triggering your unconscious comfort eating patterns.
3. Express your Feelings by Drawing Them
Take a big piece of A4 or A3 paper and some colored crayons, pencils or pens. Allow yourself to just draw whatever you are thinking or feeling.
Don’t worry about trying to make your page look good. This is not an exercise to help you become the next Picasso!
The name of the game is just to get your unprocessed feelings out of your body and onto the page. As you draw you will find yourself feeling lighter and more at home in your body.
The lighter you feel, the more clarity you’ll gain about your comfort eating patterns, as well as the next steps that you need to take to heal your life.
You Really Can Stop Comfort Eating.
When you give yourself the space to address the stress that lives within, your body will start to rebalance and heal naturally.
As you reconnect back to your body and listen to the wisdom that already lives within you, you will be able to naturally release the thoughts and feelings that trigger the need to comfort eat in the first place.
To download the first chapter of my book ‘Losing Weight is a Healing Journey’ for free click here>>
With so much Love,
From my heart to yours,
Katrina Love Senn xo