Confession 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.
The 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!
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.”
I 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.”
Basically, 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!
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