I've been reading a book called Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth.
The message behind it is powerful and actually one similar to what I learned in a college course called Eating Behaviors.
Both expose food addictions, eating disorders, and weight issues with not being connected to food at all but about emotions and inner turmoil.
Both taught me to never diet, that they just set you up to fail and that they teach you that you are not capable of making your own decisions about food. Diets also don't allow you to listen to your body.
One concept I would like to quickly share with you from the book Women, Food, and God is this: How much, when, where, and what we eat all are directly connected to how we are doing in life.
Do you agree?
I think for those of us who have either turned to or away from food as a copying mechanism this statement is completely true.
I think knowing this can also help us have a "barometer." When your eating is not natural and if you are ignoring your body that can be a red flag to look deeper to what is going on in your life. What feelings are you trying to avoid feeling? What is really behind the desire to binge or restrict food?
If you are over or under eating, catch yourself, be conscious about your behavior then ask yourself what is really going on? Allow yourself to feel what you are trying to avoid. It won't be has painful as you think. Take the necessary steps to heal or fix the issues.