‘Some people are willing to pay the price and it’s the same with staying healthy or eating healthy. There’s some discipline involved. There’s some sacrifices’. – Mike Ditka
The Birthday Cake Syndrome – Are You Feeding Your Feelings or Your Body?
As a child you more than likely had a birthday party each year on your birthday.
What always gets served at a birthday party?
Birthday cake, icecream and lolly bags.
Now think back to one of your birthday parties. How did you always feel?
If you where anything like me, you probably felt great. You were happy, excited and having a fabulous day. All your friends were there and they brought presents for you. The day was all about you.
Then at the height of the party, when you were feeling really special, really happy – your mum served cake (and icecream) and lolly bags for you and all your friends.
I know you are wondering what that has to do with you feeding your emotions.
Your subconscious mind now connects the two –
Cake and icecream and lollies (sweet foods) = Happiness / Feeling Great.
This analysis may help you to understand why at times you have been traveling along nicely, feeling great, following your healthy eating plan then all of a sudden something happens and you fall off the rails.
Maybe the kids are screaming, you had a bad day at work or an argument with your husband. You start to crave sweet food because you think that will make you feel better, it will make you feel happier, it will comfort you?
You are trying to re-create that feeling of happiness when you reach for something sweet.
This is called emotional eating!
Healthy eating plans are often derailed by emotional eating.
So how do you gain control of emotional eating?
Consciously you are aware that you really want to be slimmer and look better. You even know exactly how to do it!
Eat less, eat healthier and move your body more!
Yet, it doesn’t always happen that easily.
This is when you have to change your thinking about food in order to stop using it to deal with all the stress in your life. Instead you will begin to develop habits of slimmer, healthier women.
Do you really feel better after you have finished a whole tub of icecream, inhaled a block of chocolate or devoured a bag of lollies?
Whatever emotions drive you to overeat, the end result is often the same. Even I have been guilty of looking to these sweet foods for comfort and to make me feel better. Sure it has given me some instant gratification but I normally end up feeling sick and bearing the additional burden of guilt about setting back my weight-loss goal – often leading into an unhealthy cycle – emotions trigger overeating, I bet myself up for not sticking with my healthy eating plan, I feel bad and overeat again.
Does that sound familiar?
Wouldn’t you like to break the cycle today?
Imagine what it would be like to get off that emotional weight loss roller coaster and cruise along in your new healthy, slimmer, sexier body knowing that you had a fabulous relationship with food.
Feeling great about yourself and loving your body can be easier than you think.
I would love for you to share your emotional eating habits by leaving a comment below.
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Where are you going to be this time next year if you don’t start making the necessary changes today?
To health, happiness & living the life of YOUR dreams.
About The Author
Dee Britton is a Health & Happiness Coach, Certified Hypnotist, NLP Master Practitioner, Neuro-Linguistic Coach and Qualified Personal Trainer providing helpful tips, tools and coaching packages to help you feel better about yourself than you ever have before by teaching you how to put yourself first. Her programs and products will ensure you easily replace unwanted habits and effectively create forever change.