What Are You Feeding?

Filed under: Lynda Cormier Hanser, The Heart of GIATrim

One of the most direct and laser focused lines in weight expert Geneen Roth’s bestselling book, says “If you are eating and you are not hungry, than you are feeding something.” It is such a simple concept and yet, SO profoundly complicated. Why is it so complicated? Because people are not sure what they are seeking to “fill”. Some people have developed a habit of striving to feel satisfied through food. If you eat a good, large meal, you feel full, physically full. The truth is, that if you are using food to fill anther void or sense of emptiness, then no matter how “full” you are after a meal, you are never content and satisfied. Thus begins the vicious cycle.

Emotional StressAll a person has to do is look around at the millions of people who have tried every diet, read every book, counted every calorie and find themselves still struggling with excess weight. This obvious state of affairs literally proves that overweight is much, much more than a matter of calories consumed versus calories expended. The formula of expending or burning more calories than you eat to experience weight loss is a valid formula – it is like an equation of  2 plus 2 = 4, and cannot be denied. The intangible dynamics lie in the ability to follow the formula. It isn’t just a matter of willpower. It isn’t just a matter of discipline. It isn’t just a matter of desire. Yes, those things matter and can be PART of the equation, but not in and of themselves.

The term “emotional eating” has been tossed around for years. Yes, people eat when they are stressed, they eat when they are burdened, they also eat when they are joyful and celebrating, they eat when they are overwhelmed, they eat when they are sad. They eat for all different reasons and no one person who is overweight is the same. Each individual person has their own triggers, dynamic, and unique forces at play. You may have heard it said that your outer body or weight, is a reflection of what is going on inside your heart and mind. The emotions of pain, confusion, uncertainty, shame, regret, fear, resentment are often kept inside and “stuffed” away. However, those emotions are seen by the outside world, those feelings in plain sight and on display, especially for those whose overweight is a result of some form of emotional pain. Our inner turmoil can manifest in numerous ways, in particular in the form of excess  – excess eating, excess shopping, excess drinking, excess gambling, you name it – millions of people are searching, running to find a sense of meaning, purpose, peace, worthiness. Often described as a release or escape from stress, overeating is even more often, an escape from self. Learning to heal one self is in actuality learning to return to a state of self love, self respect and wholeness. Any time we see weight as a problem in our life, that “problem” is simply a call for us each to return our graceful, authentic, whole, worthy nature.

Just by making the decision to look at the causes of overweight as more than a “food” issue, a “bad habit” that needs to be broken, we set ourselves on a path of true transformation. Lasting change, health and wellness is the result of multiple pieces of a puzzle coming together to creature a picture of balance, vitality, joy and love. Your decision to look inside, heal and transcend is one of the most powerful decisions of your life. What you feel like you deserve in life, will override what it is that you want. When you couple that statement, with the fact that you simply cannot outperform your self esteem or self belief – it is clear that addressing what we deserve, our sense of worthiness and our self belief is a great place to start this transformation.

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