Emotional & Binge Eating
If you struggle with emotional eating you know how much it can impact your life. Although food brings comfort and pleasure in wonderful ways, for some of us it can become a battleground. For example, you might find yourself spending endless amounts of time thinking about what you are or aren’t going to eat. Or maybe you avoid social events when food is involved. And feel guilty and ashamed about your lack of control and preoccupation with food. You wonder if you will ever be able to enjoy “forbidden” foods without feeling guilty or powerless to stop at just a bite or two. You’ve tried so many things to harness this, but can’t break free from the endless cycle!
Emotional eating takes its toll – mentally, spiritually and physically. You are a hard-working, intelligent person who wants to grow and live a purposeful life. But you don’t enjoy things like you used to. You might feel tired, anxious, irritable and want to withdraw. One minute you are overwhelmed by your feelings. The next minute you don’t know what’s going on inside of you or you just numb out with food.
If you find yourself struggling with:
- Eating when you’re not hungry & feeling out of control around food
- Frequent dieting or obsessive calorie counting
- Feeling anxiety, guilt or shame about certain foods or food in general
- Excessive exercising for relief from overeating
- Binging and/or purging
- Self-worth or self-esteem issues because of your weight or body shape
… it might be time to reach out for help.
The causes of unhealthy eating habits can be complex, and vary for each person. Individual therapy can help you understand what led to these behaviors and grow in self compassion and acceptance of your imperfections. You can also create healthier habits, become empowered in your choices, and experience new ways to experience comfort and connection.
If you’re struggling with emotional eating and need support and guidance, I can help you transform your relationship with food. Reach out today, and let’s schedule a time to talk.