Monday, March 16, 2009

How to Stop Killing Yourself With Food

Food is everywhere we go, twenty-four hours a day seven days a week.

Food is on TV twenty-four hours, seven days a week.

TV and our culture offer a subliminal message, telling us that we are hungry all the time.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:

  • Discipline
  • Ambition
  • Stick-to-it-ness
Whether it's emotional issues, medical issues or food addiction, it's just plain stupid to continue to eat yourself to death.

Often, hard-to-budge weight is a symptom of a hidden medical problem, so seeing a doctor should be your first step.

Emotional eating, stress eating and just a feeling of low self esteem and wanting to have control is all part of eating obsessions.

Look, if you are eating a mountain of pancakes covered in syrup and butter with a side of bacon, you are not in control.

Gain control of your life.
Understand that you have a very intimate relationship with food, a secret love affair.

Let's uncover the root of the problem. You were not born with this behavior. It was learned, or caused by emotional issues and depression.

Seek help.

Seek therapy: to get to the root of why you are eating for other reasons than hunger.

Eat conciously: while eating or mindful eating, think about the food while you are eating it. Why are you eating? Feel the food, taste the food, chew the food. Watching TV while eating is a serious problem. You look down, see the empty plate, and don't even remember eating it. Turn the TV off and focus on the food.
Guided Imagery: See yourself eating food because you enjoy it and you are nourishing your body's needs. See food no longer dominating and controlling your life. See yourself healthy and strong. You have the power within yourself.

Live in the now, be good to yourself, love yourself and forgive yourself. It's OK to have had the feelings of guilt and shame, but now it's time to let that go and forgive yourself.
Get outside of yourself. Practice spirituality, give to others. Take some of the focus off yourself, volunteer at a food bank or soup kitchen.

These steps are meant to help you treat the body, mind and spirit, the whole person.

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