Have you managed to successfully overcome emotional eating to have a healthy relationship with your emotions and food? How did you do it? I have come to the realisation that whenever I experience severe stress I eat compulsively to comfort myself and avoid feeling… you know, Feelings. Help me stop doing that please.
So far I am: seeing a really great psychologist and hypnotherapist. I can only do this intermittently because I live in a remote area, but whenever I go to the city, I make an appointment. I listen to recordings of the hypnotherapy sessions at home. I’ve read Suzie Orbach
(great), Thich Nhat Hanh’s ‘Savour
’ (really great) and Geneen Roth
(did not resonate with me). I’m keeping a journal and whenever I want to eat without being hungry, I’m asking myself what I really want, or what I’m really feeling… and journaling. I’m also practicing mindfulness and meditate regularly. I’m making sure I have plenty of healthy food and don’t get hungry / hangry. I’m also committed to mindfully experiencing my feelings. Which is super uncomfortable, let me tell you. So far this has all been moderately successful. (Hypnosis particularly has been helpful.)
I’ve read this
and there are noted some good suggestions here
But it would be really helpful to hear more specific, personal, strategies people successfully employed to overcome emotional eating.
What worked for you? Great books you read? Exercises you did? Epiphanies you had? Small changes to your routine? Non-food ways you developed of caring for yourself and living with life’s stress, unhappiness and difficulties would be especially helpful!
Caveat: I’m not interested in suggestions for further therapy, general health fitness/nutrition information, diets or weight loss.