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Life After Emotional & Binge Eating

Mindful Emotional Eating?

“Trust develops and builds when I am given a choice (and not, as in dieting, denied it). Trust develops when I choose to make myself comfortable, not miserable, to take care of myself rather than hurt myself.”  ~Geneen Roth

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” `Jon Kabat-Zinn

In the moments before or during an emotional eating episode, we often feel out of control and desperate to do something to “just stop it.” We tell ourselves, “I ‘should’ be able to just stop this,” or “There’s no good reason for this.”

With this mindset, it’s easy to understand why we are lured in by the illusion of control that diets promise and why, as a result, we ignore our hunger and avoid certain foods. But most of us know from experience that these “stopping” strategies inevitably backfire, resulting in eating episodes that feel even more out of control.

In these desperate moments, instead of focusing on stopping, what if we shifted

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  1. Thanks for your article Amy – it really makes sense to me! Your closing paragraph says a lot – “If we can begin to practice mindful emotional eating, we will find that we can get through emotional eating with less suffering, and we will come to understand that choosing to eat emotionally with mindfulness is, in fact, “doing something” to “stop it.” ”

    It’s no longer about blocking it out, but observing what is going on with our mind and body – seeing what the needs are, how we are meeting them and if there is maybe a better way to meet them.

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