Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Prescription for Emotional Eating--Mother's Day

A prescription for emotional eating:

Being around mother can certainly stir up some emotion--all kinds of emotions. If you've had a great relationship with your mother, there's joy, happiness, a feeling of well being.

If on the other hand your mother has been a critic, then there's defensiveness, annoyance, confusion--maybe some anger.

In either situation--it's a prescription for emotional eating. The mind is focused on the emotion and the mouth is engaged diluting them. But the problem is that the mind is not really recognizing the emotion. You're not saying to yourself, "I'm happy being around my mother, " or, "I'm feeling defensive being around my mother."

No, you're into the joy and aggravation and the mouth is engaged. After all, what else is there to do?

Why is this so?
Have you ever driven to work and when you got there, you didn't remember the streets you passed, or the lights you went through, or the land-marks you passed? Of course, it happens to all of us. Emotions are like this, we're so accustomed to them that we don't even recognize that we're having them.

The first step is to be aware of the emotion/s. I'm feeling (whatever the emotion).
Then, how do you feel about this emotion? Some emotions you like and some you don't.
The goal is to get beyond any beliefs you have about the emotion and "take it straight."

"I feel happy and I like feeling happy and I'd like to forget about food and take the happiness straight."


"I feel defensive or angry and I hate these feelings because (what ever the reason). I prefer to take these feelings straight, effectively express myself and leave food out of the situation.

I have two great programs for dealing with criticism and expressing yourself. Criticism is a game--those who criticize only tell you more about themselves than they do about you.
Effective communication, though, is something most of us could use some help with.

But if for some reason, you see a lot of red (anger) and have trouble dealing with it, then learn how to benefit from anger.

Feel the emotion, take them straight and forget about food--that's what can happen.

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