This is the second blog in the series about Feeding Your Mind with Food. I intended to write a different story today but the responses to the last blog were so informative that I thought it would be more enlightening to tell the story through those thirteen comments. This new story is about the stages one has to go through to break the emotional eating habit.
The very first comment surprised me. She thought what I said was quite harsh, like a parent scolding her in some way. She said “it reminds me of my parents telling me off for overeating when I was little.” That was not my intention but I understand why she said that after reading the other comments and reflecting on what she said when she identified herself as someone just starting to deal with the emotional eating issue. It was too harsh for her at that early stage.
At the beginning stage, when there is just enough awareness to recognize there must be an emotional component to your weight problem, anything you learn that makes you think about it more deeply and personally, seems like an assault upon you. It feels like just one more person lecturing you, trying to talk you out of your eating habits by shame or logic or some other shenanigans. Someone who talks straight to you is just another insensitive and over controlling parent who doesn’t really care about you. This is especially true if the weight problem started early in life and was entangled in the family dynamics of that period. The sensitivity to what others say about your eating habits is at it’s highest.
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