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Dealing With Deprivation: The Heart of the Work

“You may search the universe for someone more worthy of your love and affection than you are yourself, but such a person does not exist.” ~Buddhist Proverb

“There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.”  ~Mother Teresa

As Valentine’s Day approaches, our focus is on the heart of the work — those difficult moments of eating past comfortable fullness. How we treat ourselves in those moments is important. Our thoughts and actions determine if we stay stuck in an overeat-deprive-lose control–overeat cycle or if we find our way back to a confident and satisfying relationship with food.

Unfortunately, we have been conditioned to believe that depriving ourselves is the way to not only fix the overeating problem but also to prevent it from happening again. And so, if we have eaten past comfortable fullness for emotional reasons or we have “indulged” ourselves with an “unhealthy,” “bad” food, we try to not eat what we love, and we attempt to not respond to our body’s hunger signals.

Fortunately, after too many deprivation-driven overeating episodes, many of us are beginning to realize that

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About Ellen Shuman

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I have worked in the Wellness Field for 30 years. I created an Emotional Eating & Binge Eating Disorder Recovery Program way before most people knew BED was an eating disorder, NOT a “willpower” issue. Personally, I suffered for years before finding answers and the help I needed and deserved! I became a Coach in 1997 to help others who were still suffering as I had. I love being a Coach!


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