Sep 04, 2014
If "ending emotional eating" sounds like too difficult a goal to accomplish, I'd like for you to focus instead on a different one. A goal that is very achievable, and that will produce the exact same result...
Ask yourself "Why do I want to eat?" instead of "What do I want to eat?"
This is the most crucial question an emotional eater can ever ask themselves; it's the key to engaging your mind instead of your stomach. And it must happen the moment the urge to binge kicks in.
If you set yourself the goal of becoming an expert at asking "Why do I want to eat?" you'll set into motion the beginning of the end of your emotional eating pattern.
Emotional eating simply cannot sustain if your mind is actively engaged and silencing your triggers. It's like trying to do arithmetic while reciting the alphabet.
In addition, each time you ask "Why do I want to eat?" you allow your mind to do what it's naturally designed to: Problem-solve. And in the case of an emotional eater, this problem-solving starts by first identifying the events or people (triggers) that are causing your stress, then formulating effective solutions that don't involve eating.
Again, this is what your mind is naturally designed to do. There is no great effort required on your part. No having to concentrate like a Zen monk. Just a simple invitation for your mind to go to work is all that's required.
Your answers may not arrive immediately. They may not even arrive as fast as you'd like. But they will arrive. And in the interim, your ability to sidestep emotional eating will be naturally reinforced, not to mention the increase in your confidence, your self-esteem and your ability to control your weight.
What's gratifying, too, about all of this is that you'll free yourself from the gimmicks and marketing of the weight-loss industry. It currently generates $20 Billion-per-year in sales and pays celebrities between $500,000 to $3 million to endorse a product. And guess where all that money comes from? Everyday people handing over their cash in the hopes that the next magic pill, smoothie or workout routine will finally cure their weight problems.
The reality, of course, is that permanent weight loss only happens once you no longer need food to cope emotionally. It's no great secret. Nor is the way to achieve it. For those of you who'd like a little expert help in establishing the "Why do I want to eat?" habit, my free Pocket Hunger Coach app is available across all of your devices.
And if you're still having trouble working out the problems and finding the answers, the ShrinkYourself Program is always here for you.
Either way, I encourage you to ask yourself, "Why do I want to eat?" instead of "What do I want to eat?" the next time the urge to binge kicks in. It'll be a huge step in the right direction.