Have you ever gone on a binge and ate everything you could get your hands on? You ate the whole bag of chips, a box of crackers, or a package of cookies? Finished off a pizza, cake, or pint of ice cream until you felt sick? Ever drink more coffee or wine than your body wanted? Been there, done that…
Let me ask you to think back… How were you feeling at the time of the binge? Do you even know or remember?
Did you know that there are times in our lives we overeat to distract us from emotional pain? Have you ever noticed times when you sat on the couch, devouring the box of crackers, that you weren’t really hungry at all? I have been there! Sitting on the couch eating those crackers and thinking to myself, “I really shouldn’t be eating these…” yet they continue to be in my hand and then in my mouth!
Let me let you in on a not so little secret, what you are feeling are emotions which you are pushing aside. There are many possibilities to these feelings: loneliness, anger, sadness, resentment, or frustration, or possibly something else.
What hurts are you holding on to?
Your Power of Forgiveness
If you’re anything like how I used to be toward myself, you probably are your own worst critic and don’t forgive yourself as easily as you forgive others. Wouldn’t it be a more effective approach to address your uncomfortable feelings? The best, most thorough, most divinely perfect way to heal oneself is through forgiveness.
Believe me when I tell you, forgiving is not the easiest thing to do, even for the most enlightened among us. But, if you are allowing your present health to be controlled by your past hurts, please try to commit to forgiving YOU, as well as those who have hurt you. The following are steps that may help you on this journey:
- Talk with sympathetic friends and family about your desire to forgive. Opening up with others, just talking, is tremendously comforting.
- Writing a letter to the person you’d like to forgive, even yourself can be extremely cathartic. You can decide whether to send it or not.
- Look at the situation from the other person’s point of view – your own opinion of what happened may change.
- Most important, remember to forgive yourself! We can be harshest on ourselves.
- Know that you are responsible for you, your thoughts and attitude. Please don’t let holding a grudge keep you from feeling free, open and powerful in your own life.
When you begin the road to forgiveness, you will begin to see your relationship with eating become easier.
GET EVEN HEALTHIER!
Are you ready to live your healthiest life yet? What to change your relationship with food and eating? Let’s talk! Schedule a Discovery Call with me today —- or pass this information on to someone you care about!
To your continued good health!