In the past, I always saw hunger as a physiological need. It was simple: hunger signals meant that I needed food. But there were times when my desire for food wasn’t accompanied by physical hunger. Determining that my hunger came from an emotional source rather than a physical source was not too difficult, but coming to terms with emotional eating and that it could somehow even apply to me was complicated. I have this desire to be strong and tough, so eating emotionally seemed too touchy-feely for me. Once I accepted the fact that I did eat emotionally, I thought to myself “Now what?” and began a quest of figuring out how to deal with this new challenge. …
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When I stopped dieting, I had to slowly retrain my brain to have more automatic positive thoughts rather than negative ones. Read more about this in the article “The ‘Rule’ of Three: Retraining Your Brain”!
When I decided to stop dieting, I re-wired my brain with the help of a visual reminder. Check out “Post-It Therapy” for helpful quotes just like this one that I used!
As children we constantly observe the adults in our lives and learn from their modeled behavior. These observations provide us with information about a variety of life topics including how to act in social situations. When I was young, I learned the social rule of always mentioning someone’s weight loss, so every time I’d see someone looking a little slimmer, I’d smile and say, “You’ve lost weight!” This social rule wasn’t limited to compliments about weight. It extended to other areas of appearance as well. When I think about it though, these aren’t genuine compliments. Sure, people mean well, but is it really a good thing to offer such high praise for outward appearance? …
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I have come to the realization that I don’t have to approve of my body, but I can accept it. There is a certain amount of freedom that comes with this approach to my changing body. For more about this, check out the article “Is This What Acceptance Feels Like?“!