Posted on 24 Feb 2014 Views 7400 Comments 6
In this feature Slim & Save examines how you can become trapped by food, your emotions and your eating habits. If this sounds familiar then don’t despair…..we will let you in on a little secret - the concept of finding food freedom!
By the time you have finished reading this feature we will have helped you develop a plan to achieve emotional food freedom.
Michele is a 36 year old working Mum to a seven year old son. When she was a teenager she struggled with her weight. She does not get much time to devote to exercise and by her own admittance sometimes finds comfort and solace in food. If you ask Michele what her weakness is she would say she is a ‘Chocoholic’. In fact, she thinks she is addicted to chocolate – but is she really?
Firstly, let’s decide whether chocolate plays a positive or a negative role in her life. When Michele goes to the supermarket she always buys a multipack of her favourite chocolate bars and by the time she has driven home she has eaten them all and thrown the wrappers out of the window (to hide the evidence) – sound familiar? Once at home, consumed with guilt, she then sits and cries whilst watching her favourite soap. To cheer herself up she breaks open the box of chocolates she had bought for her Mum’s birthday. When her son sees her she feels embarrassed so she snaps at him and tells him to go away. He feels rejected and she feels lonely. She hates her body and blames her love of chocolate for her size. She feels trapped because the more upset she becomes, the more she eats and she cannot imagine a life without chocolate. Chocolate plays a negative role in her life and she needs to find emotional freedom. She could find food freedom if only she knew how...
People can interpret emotional freedom from food in different ways i.e. to what extent they have become trapped. You can decide how ‘trapped’ you have become by considering whether food constrains or limits your enjoyment of life in any way.
If you have extreme feelings about food - for example boredom, terror or excitement then achieving food freedom could help you. Food CAN become a positive part of your life. It really is possible to enjoy food without it taking over your life. Our minds are powerful tools and training yourself to think positive thoughts about food will allow you to actually remove the constraints that food has on your life.
Finding a coping strategy for managing your feelings and emotions will truly set you free of your food ‘addiction’. Here are Slim & Save’s Top Tips for finding food freedom:
It really all boils down to being honest with yourself. Look at yourself in the mirror and question whether or not it is a physical hunger that makes you reach for food. If it is not a physical but an emotional hunger then it’s not your fault. Emotional hunger is caused by the way you interpret your feelings about something which has had an impact on you for example a bad day at work, a row at home, a bereavement, bad news etc.
Emotions are part of life and we need to have emotions to interact with the world around us. Food freedom will allow you to still have emotions and feelings but you will not be compelled to raid the fridge to make yourself feel better when you feel bad.
If you would like to re-think your relationship with food then why not consider a proven diet plan from Slim & Save? Our specialist plans include Lifestyle, Simplicity and Simplicity+. They are designed for people of all ages and include a range of nutritionally complete foodpacks to help you lose weight quickly, safely and efficiently.
If you have any questions or concerns about emotional eating why not post them in our forum and our team will be able to advise and guide you?
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