Overeating is not a food problem. It’s a stress problem. It’s an emotional problem. It requires support. The cause of eating too much is too much stress and overwhelm. Overeating decreases when stress is reduced.
The root of all addictions is the addiction to a tranquilizing activity. Eating is the first and most commonly used (and misused) tranquilizing activity. If you consider yourself “addicted” to food, you very well may be. Stress management and stress reduction should definitely play a role in getting you back on track.
Remember that the need for comfort, the need for nurturance and support are NORMAL human needs. Most people feel like they don’t have enough support (what’s that?), so they comfort themselves with food to ease the stress and pressure in their lives.
Unfortunately, if you don’t remove the stress and/or manage the stress more effectively, then the problem is still there. In fact, it can feel like the stress eating is getting more and more out of control. Most people experiencing chronic stress simply think this is “normal.” If you feel a lot of stress, you are likely to repeat any activity that provides temporary stress relief. Unfortunately, the vicious cycle keeps it going.
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