“Do you ever overeat?”

My group asked me if I ever overeat
I told them that I do
I believe everyone has a weakness that comes out when they’re stressed
Some people stutter, or get a headache, or yell, or shop
Many of us overeat.

The difference is that now I see it for what it is:
A sign that something is going on with me
And I study myself in a detached way to figure out what it is.

I never beat myself up about it
Or punish myself with more food

I notice
And then I stop
And then I coach myself
Or I get coached
And then I’m done.
For now.

A few nights ago I went to dinner
There was a lot of tension in the home, which I didn’t immediately acknowledge
Instead, I ate the first and second courses so quickly and so much that I didn’t even notice that the food tasted awful.
The minute I reconnected with myself, I excused myself and escaped to the bathroom
(it’s often the only available refuge and many of my clients use it for this purpose)

First thing I did is stop eating
I told myself I will take ten deep breaths
If I want to go on eating after I can
It’s one of the many coaching strategies I’ve learned
The aim is to calm the storm

Then I named my feeling – panic
And found the thought that was causing the feeling of panic
It was an old outdated belief that had nothing to with dinner tonight.

I reminded myself that “I honour my body”
And exited the bathroom totally calm and connected

And I didn’t eat again until morning.

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About Forever Free with Bev Aron, Certified Weight Loss Coach

I work with emotional eaters who desperately want relief from emotional eating, but can't seem to do it on their own. They know they need to eat less and move more, but can't figure out why they aren't doing it. My specialty is showing them the why and the how. I also work with parents who are worried about their children's weight. I help those parents encourage their children to have a healthy body image and a healthy relationship with food.
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