Are you overeating as a way to suppress, control or soothe uncomfortable emotions such as sadness, boredom, loneliness, anxiety or other emotions? If so, you may be an emotional eater.
Are you restricting your food intake because you feel you are overweight? Are you unhappy with your body image or have difficulty losing weight?
If you consider some of the following statistics something is wrong with many women's relationship with food. About half of American women and teens are on a diet. Yet, after a woman ends her diet, or more frequently "falls off the wagon" they not only gain all the weight back, within five years they have gained even more weight. So dieting is certainly not the correct solution.
The truth is, something subtle, yet forgotten consciously is persistently present and it needs to be addressed.
I have found the same cause is at the root of all types of emotional eating behavior, including restricting behavior and frankly all compulsive behaviors or habits.
Blocks or disruptions in the body's subtle energy systems, particularly the nervous systems: head, heart, stomach - leads to overwhelm, anxiety and/or depression that in turn triggers these types of coping behaviors. And they are indeed coping behaviors.
Overeating, as one example, as you may know, temporarily calms anxiety and helps one escape uncomfortable feelings, such as loneliness, boredom, anger and anxiety. It is a friend for many people. But in the aftermath feelings of guilt, shame, and self-condemnation tend to rise to the surface. The friend becomes an enemy shortly after an episode of comfort eating.
In addition to the emotional misery there is an inability to end the behavior which places unnecessary calories that places one's health at risk for serious illness over time.
And with restricting behavior or binge-purging behavior we set into motion other types of health risks, leading to other serious consequences over time.
Regardless the bottom line is you find yourself in a guilt-shame cycle that is difficult to break.
One solution is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT tapping).
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a highly effective technique that balances and regulates a person’s nervous systems. It is a fancy way of saying it calms you down. It releases you from the burden of stress. It releases anxiety, and is scientifically proven to reduce cortisol – the well known stress hormone response – that drives overeating in some and restriction in others.
It also helps get to the root causes of why you personally engage in emotional eating.
Emotional Freedom Techniques can be best described as a meridian endpoint tapping modality. Think of acupuncture without the needles. It has been around for over 3,000 years, and was introduced back in China in Shaolin monasteries where the meridian system was first discovered. Gray Craig, a Stanford trained engineer turned life coach, actually coined the name, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), over 35 years ago to describe his meridian "tapping" process. He advanced the process to include a series of unique approaches and processes to help people heal a myriad of conditions including PTSD, depression, addictions and chronic pain conditions. His motto is "tap on anything" you seek to change.
Due to advancements in technologies in present time, countless peer reviewed clinical trials have been conducted and published over the past ten years on Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).
We now know that tapping on meridian endpoints while addressing negative emotions and uncomfortable physical sensations, sends a calming electromagnetic signal to the amygdala – the dubbed "smoke detector" of the brain – which in turn reduces cortisol production, because it turns turns down the "fight-flight" action of the amygdala. The end result is you calm down. Your stress levels drop and you are able to make better choices and manage your emotions.
When applied, correctly, EFT reprograms not only your energy system, it changes your brain. The end result when it comes to food issues is that that you eat for nutrition, you eat for energy, rather then to soothe, control or tranquilize your emotions.
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