It happens after a long, stressful day. Or when something didn’t go according to plan. Or when you are sad or anxious. It might happen with pretty much every negative emotion, every time you feel overwhelmed, overburdened, drained. You just need to make yourself feel better. So you start with just one piece of chocolate. Or a few potato chips. But before you know it, the entire chocolate bar is gone. The bag of chips is no more. And you still want more. You reach for another one. And another. It does make you feel better, for a while.
Then comes the guilt. And anger at yourself for giving in. Then you swear to yourself never to do it again. Until the next time you feel down.
You might have asked yourself – why can’t I just stop it? Why can’t I control myself? You might have criticized yourself for lacking self control, for being weak, which likely made you feel even worse and made you even more likely to reach for that chocolate again.
Emotional eating cannot be overcome by sheer willpower. Or a magic pill – despite the diet industry’s claims. If you overeat when you are experiencing difficult emotions, stress or overload, this might be your mind’s way of telling you that some of your emotional needs are unmet. And unless you figure out what your emotions are trying to tell you and learn other ways of coping with difficult feelings, the chances are there will always be moments when you’ll be reaching for food to make yourself feel better.
I can help you explore your relationship with food and emotions as a whole, so that we may find out what it is that is urging you so powerfully to overeat. Knowing that, we will be able to devise a strategy to help you regain control over both your feelings, and your eating. We will then implement it step by step, so that you learn new skills and become better able to cope with this urge gradually, building up to full control and easing of the urge to overeat.