Have you ever consumed an entire bag of chips, box of crackers or package of cookies? Did you ever eat pizza or dessert until you felt physically sick? What about indulged in too much coffee or an alcoholic beverage that your body didn’t really even want?
What were you feeling at the time? What emotions were you experiencing?
These questions are important to understand and answer because so many times we eat too much or drink too much as a way to turn our attention away from some sort of inner pain we are trying to ignore. When you think about times that you have over indulged, were you even hungry at the time? Where you feeling alone, sad, depressed, angry, frustrated, etc.? Or was it something else?
Forgiveness can be very powerful! Would you like to tap into the effectiveness/benefits of forgiving someone?
Forgiveness is a truly powerful way to get in touch with feelings that are uncomfortable. I realize that forgiveness isn’t always an easy thing to do. Is your current state of health being controlled by your past hurts/pains? I would encourage you to look at forgiveness on a deeper level. Here are some steps to help you along the way:
- Talk to someone who is close to you that is sympathetic. This should be a person in your life that you can confide in and trust to express your feelings about forgiveness. Expressing your desire to do this with someone that is compassionate can be very comforting.
- You can write a letter to someone who you feel has wronged you/someone you want to forgive. If this person is alive, consider mailing it to them. It isn’t always necessary to mail it. Sometimes just putting your thoughts on paper can help release the hurt and open up a path for forgiveness.
- If the person has passed away, write the letter and address it to yourself. Put a stamp on it and mail it. When it comes back to you. Read it out loud. Notice how you feel. What emotions come up?
- Take a few moments to put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Can you perhaps see the situation from their perspective? Does this exercise shift your focus/feelings positively toward healing in any way?
- Is it possible you need to forgive yourself? We can really be tough on ourselves at times. Forgiving you is also very important to healing.
- There is no one that is responsible for your own attitude but you. Holding a grudge can hold you back from feeling powerful, content and open in your own life.
When you can be more open to forgiveness and letting go of past emotional pain caused by others or yourself, you might just notice that your relationship with food improves as well.
I would love to help you break through your emotional barriers. Are you ready to improve your relationship with food and learn more about food and mood? Contact me at 614-620-7420.