By Susan Albers
Food has the ability to quickly alleviate pressure and disappointment, increase pleasure, and convey us convenience once we desire it so much. it really is no ask yourself specialists estimate that seventy five percentage of overeating is caused via our feelings, now not actual starvation. the good news is you could as an alternative soothe your self via dozens of conscious actions which are fit for either physique and mind.
Susan Albers, writer of Eating Mindfully, now bargains 50 how one can Soothe your self with no Food, a suite of mindfulness talents and practices for stress-free the physique in instances of rigidity and finishing your dependence on consuming as a method of dealing with tough feelings. you will not just realize effortless how you can soothe urges to overeat, you will additionally the right way to differentiate emotion-driven starvation from fit starvation. achieve for this ebook rather than the fridge subsequent time you are feeling the urge to snack-these choices are only as satisfying!
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Your furry friend and unconditional love 46. stepping into someone else’s shoes 47. blockers for boredom eating 48. healing touch 49. volunteer yourself 50. connecting even when you want to crawl under the covers 8 soothing emergency help references biography acknowledgments As always, I must thank my clients, readers of the Eating Mindfully series, and friends who generously shared their strategies and tips for soothing themselves without food. Their stories always inspire me to keep working on finding ways to help ease the suffering caused by eating problems.
Creating mindful moments Sometimes I am so busy rushing from one thing to another that I am not even aware of what I am doing or feeling. I unconsciously pop chocolate kisses or M&M’s into my mouth. Later, after it’s too late, I realize I was nibbling on food because I was worried and upset. When I’m mindful, I enjoy life more because I am really present as things are happening, not just analyzing things later. Being more aware has also taught me how to recognize when I am mindlessly eating simply to comfort myself.
Really look at it. Describe it to yourself. It is often helpful to focus on a detail, such as part of an image or the tip of a candle flame. The closer you look at it, the more likely it is that you will see something you didn’t notice at first. Brooke, for example, is a frequent emotional eater. She counters her emotional eating by focusing on a photograph of Paris in her living room, rather than staying in the kitchen. When she starts to feel the need to stress eat, she firmly plants herself within inches of this picture and focuses all of her attention on the top point of the Eiffel Tower.