Is this you?
Do you consider yourself to be an emotional eater?
Do you turn to food to calm your stress and anxiety?
Is food your BFF on lonely nights?
Do you find yourself turning to chips to defuse anger?
Or turn to ice cream when you feel sad?
Have you tried every diet only to end up more frustrated and hopeless?
If you answered yes to any or all of these you have come to the right place.
I lost so much more than the 23 pounds. I was able to let go of shame, resentment, and all of my negative self-talk. Priceless!
Whatever the reason, you found a way to survive!
Your Emotional Eating served you when you needed it the most. And it became a way of life. A way of dealing with all problems. Feel sad, eat. Feel mad, eat. Didn’t speak up for yourself, eat. Lonely, food is there for you. On and on and on.
You created this way of eating at a time when you needed it to survive. Good for you! You made it.
I know you’ve tried tons of diets that have most likely left you feeling more like a failure, more hopeless, and more like there must be something wrong with you. After trying a million different diets, you’re probably tired, ashamed, desperate. Nothing ever works, so why try anymore, right?
I so get it!
I’ve been there too.
Your excess physical weight is actually a reflection of the traumas and burdens you carry.
Your weight is a reflection of the words and desires left unexpressed and stuffed down. The feelings you’re pretending not to feel. Your weight is a reflection of the feeling that you don’t quite fit in.
That you’re different somehow. Your weight is actually not your problem at all; it’s just a symptom.
Here’s my story…
I can remember feeling fat as young as eight and starting on my first diet at 13 even though I wasn’t really fat. Yet. From 13 on I’ve believed I was fat. I dieted several times in high school and by my freshman year in college I was almost 40 pounds heavier than I was when I first thought I was fat.
Of course, I didn’t understand then, that what I thought I could fix with a diet was really a combination of being uncomfortable with this new female adolescent body and low self esteem.
Fast forward to when I was 27 and my Dad died from cancer and my real emotional eating began. I gained 35 lbs very quickly and learned to use food to stuff down grief, loneliness, sadness, anger, etc… in a new, more desperate way.
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Oh, and I forgot to mention that I become a nutritionist with both undergrad and master’s degrees in nutrition because I thought that would make me thin. Instead, that just added another layer of guilt and shame to be an expert and still not be able to “get it right”.
In 2012, I trained in EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) or Tapping and lost 20 lbs using EFT in 2013. I started working with other women to heal their own woes with emotional eating and weight issues. I thought I had it all figured out. But guess what? Life didn’t just stop.
Many things happened with more losses, health issues, emotional stuff, etc.. over the next few years and well, you guessed it, I started eating emotionally again.
I won’t go into every detail but suffice it to say, that I’ve gotten an opportunity to go deeper into ny own healing. And I’m getting there. I don’t have all the answers and I’m not perfect but I’ve learned a great deal with my own journey and all the women that I’ve worked with over the last nine years.
I’m honestly doing better than ever before. I don’t know where the story goes from here but it truly feels like life just keeps getting better and better.