Thursday, August 20, 2015

Confession of an emotional eater

I just came back from a vacation. A vacation at the lake surrounded by people I love. And beside for having a wonderful time, seeing people I haven't seen in a long time, and getting a tan (for a pale swede at least) I noticed another thing - I wasn't eating everything in site! In fact - I wasn't even craving my normal go-to's like ice cream, candy, and french fries. I couldn't care less about it actually. 


Because I was satisfied. Emotionally satisfied. I didn't need to satisfy myself via other external tools - like food. What an eye-opening moment it was.

Ok.. I knew this about myself but it was still a proof of my "situation". When we are emotionally satisfied our brain naturally provides the feel-good hormones. When we are not, we unknowingly look for them in external methods such as food, drugs, alcohol... (Wish I was one of those people that craved the gym!!! lol) The food people turn to are usually food high in either sugar or fats to satisfy a "starving" brain for it to release feel-good hormones (such as Serotonin, Dopamine, and Oxytocin). And that is exactly what I do...

I get an idea of what I want to eat and I don't even stop myself from thinking that maybe I should go for something else. It doesn't even cross my brain. It is like in the heat-of -the-moment I don't care. I eat it and after I go "Oooooppppssss... I didn't want to eat all that". Anyone experience the same thing?

So... with some new insights I am now determined to change this. Tap, tap, tap... Tapping along with meditation and positive reinforcing are going to be my three main tools to avoid getting my hands stuck in the cookie jar! I don't want to go Oooopppsssss again.

And here is the thing - the focus of this weight loss challenge I am giving myself will NOT be focused on food. (What?!?!?!) You know, the standard diet protocol etc - No I am determine to use the methods mentioned to change the way my body and mind is feeling that it is automatically going to select food it needs rather than crave...

I'll keep you updated on my progress :)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

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