Triggers and Habits

Triggers and Habits

Candy, Sweetmeats, Sweets, Dessert, Food

The longer I work with customers the more I realise that the majority of us who suffer from food are just hurting in some way and are looking for love/comfort. We may have a very loving relationship with someone else but if we don’t love ourselves there’s something missing and we use food to fill the gap. For others it may be alcohol, drugs, smoking or gambling.

However food seems to be the most common since it is fast and simple, not hurting anyone else and can be easily concealed. Unfortunately however, we only feel good for a split second with the first taste, then the guilt sets in, we feel uncomfortable and begin to beat ourselves up which simply leads to more eating or bingeing. Unfortunately eating food just keeps the emotion inside of us. Instead of confronting our issues, we eat that only creates further issues.

The only time our body really wants food is when it is physically hungry. So if we eat for emotional reasons, it does not work, because our body does not want food, it wants comfort in another way. So we keep eating waiting for that magic fix that never comes.

This may then fill the physical need and enable us to find positive, empowering things that will serve the psychological need. The excellent thing about organic eating is that it is based on awareness. As soon as you are conscious of your habits/triggers around food you can make a different choice.

The secret is to honor your emotions, notice that you are sad or lonely or stressed out. Sometimes a good cry is the answer as this enables you to find the emotion out of your body. Other methods of doing this is to laugh, sing, shout or do something physical like jogging, biking or martial arts.

You will discover that it’s based around certain activities and events which have led to negative habits. Because once you are aware of what you’re doing you can find a way to avoid those triggers and make different positive decisions.

I am a wife and mother who has recovered from 20 years of weight and food related issues. I used to binge on food uncontrollably and then exercise excessively to get rid of it.


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