We all have had moments when we reach out to food without really being hungry but just because we feel lonely, sad, stressed or any kind of negative emotion. Many of us are not even aware that in those moments we are not eating because we are hungry but because we are trying to comfort our hearts. And of course we always reach for junk food, chocolate, ice cream etc. When that " feast" is over we all feel guilty for doing it and we promise not to do it again until the next episode kicks in.
So why do we do that?
Let's take a little closer look at our mind and the way it operates. Being aware of what really happens will help you understand yourself better in moments like this and avoid emotional eating in the future.
Our mind is symbolic in nature. When we were babies our undeveloped minds at that time could not make a difference between love, food, touch, mother. All those experiences were one. So on some level in our brain food is love, love is touch, touch is food, food is mother etc.
As adults when we can't get what we want in live - love, intimacy, career success, relationship etc. we tend to reach for the closest approximation which is FOOD. So in a symbolic way in our mind food represents love, food represents touch, food represents pleasure. We are trying to fill up with food what is missing in our lives.
If those episodes are rare then there is nothing to worry about. But if you notice that you are doing that few times a week my advice is to try and address what is actually missing in your life rather then medicate yourself with food.
Here at the Super Body Elite Coaching program we work on a deeper level with women struggling with their relationship with food and body, and we try to find the real deeper reasons for that.