Often times, the traits we accept and don’t accept are related to what our primary caregivers and society told us was acceptable and unacceptable. In fact, this is often what I see in my client work and with my own journey – that often times the difficulties we have in moving forward reflect some unhealed parts of us that are calling for our attention.
When I ask my clients to food journal we often see a common pattern in non-hunger, problematic eating. The good news with this is that because it’s often a habit, it’s predictable and therefore easier to anticipate and plan for. While you may consciously wish you weren’t eating mindlessly in these times, a part of you is getting a need met. There is always a “gift,” a positive intention being met. Once you know what positive intention is being met, it becomes easier to replace that routine.
Do any of these patterns describe you? Here’s the real need and some suggestions on how to meet the need without using food.