How To Stop Emotional Eating – Fascinating Research

emotional eatingConfession time: I used to be a stress eater – until I did some research as to why – then lost 20 pounds in about 3 months – and kept the weight off for 3 years and counting.

One of the interesting insights I found: Often over-eating is  a way to punish yourself  – for the anger and resentment you’re feeling – either at yourself – or someone else.

In fact there’s been a lot of research which supports how anger is at the root of many addictions – as far ranging as food, drug, alcohol and shopping addictions. Addicts seek these vices to avoid feeling the pain of past resentments. Their anger becomes a boomerang —or what I call a “boomeranger” —because their unwanted negative emotions come back to whack them with an addiction.

How To Stop Emotional Eating - Fascinating ResearchThe University of Wisconsin did a recent research study, comparing “Forgiveness Therapy” versus routine “Traditional Drug/Alcohol Therapy.” They showed “Forgiveness Therapy” helped to relieve the anger behind substance abuse even more successfully than routine drug/alcohol therapy.

Plus, not only did subjects display faster success, but created less recidivism.  Meaning? They didn’t return to their addictions! They stayed addiction-free!

After I read this study (and further research) I decided to go on “A Hate Loss Plan” as part of my “Weight Loss Plan.” 

In other words, I realized that whenever I was pigging out on a big bag of Cheese Doodles,  I was really pigging out on a bag of “I Hate Me Doodles” or a bag of “I Hate That This Challenge/Adversity/Rejection Has Happened To Me Doodles.”

How To Stop Emotional Eating - Fascinating ResearchI recognized that I needed to re-train my brain to stop eating like I wanted to punish myself – or punish someone else. I needed to re-learn how to eat like I loved myself – and want to nourish and support myself.

As soon as I developed healthier ways to deal with my anger, regret, resentment, worry –  sure enough I released the pull I felt towards food.

Presently it’s now instinctual for me to choose to eat like I love myself – instead of eating like I wanted to punish myself. Plus I’ve not only lost weight, I’ve lost the anger and anxiety I was feeling. I feel happier and calmer within.

Can you relate to any of this? Even if you’re not over-eating specifically as “punishment,” chances are you’re doing it to avoid being fully present with yourself – and unwanted feelings.

Although you might think you’re over-eating for fun entertainment – or as an attempt to comfort yourself – there are healthier ways to have fun and get comforted.

Chances are you’re using over-eating as a way to escape yourself. It’s an attempt not to feel or think about what you really need to feel and face.

You’re in “fight and flight mode.” Or what I jokingly call “flight and bite.”

How To Stop Emotional Eating - Fascinating ResearchBasically, over-eating is about avoiding a needed loving conversation with yourself –  and thereby avoiding honoring your truest feelings and truest thoughts.

If you want to live your happiest life – true to who you are – true to what you need – then you have to stop pigging out and start listening up!

This is why I developed The Do It Program – a life-changing online home course – you can do at your own pace.  You’ll not only lose weight, you’ll gain self-love, gain calm, gain confidence – and gain lots of positive energy to go towards what I call your “Grand Quest” – an exciting passion/mission.

Click to find out more about these life-changing tools! Already thousands of people have used these tools to stop stress eating – for good! I’d love for you to be my next success story!

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Written by Karen Salmansohn (Founder)

Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.
  • Cheryl Salvati Bureau

    This is me to the t..I eat to punish myself for bad choices I’ve made, for the resentment I feel and the anger I feel for the way ppl have hurt me and that I allowed it all to happen.so hard to love myself after 60 yrs.