Today I want to share a little bit more about overeating and how we can start discerning if it’s really about emotional eating or something else.
I find when we are emotional eaters, we tend to think – I’m emotionally eating, I’m overeating, I’m binge eating. And there isn’t this discernment between what’s really going on. Part of the reason I want to give you this discernment is to see how there are different factors at play in emotional eating.
True emotional eating is about those emotions under your emotional eating.
Sometimes we overeat for physical reasons. For example we tend to restrict with a diet mentality which can lead to binging.
We can be ravenously eating because our bodies are starved for nutrients and calories, etc. In The Emotional Eating Evolution Program we work in a step by step way with clients to see where are they emotionally eating and if something else is triggering them to overeat. The first part of this process is always about nourishment and truly nourishing our bodies.
Today I want to focus in on why we are overeating when we’re not nourishing our bodies. What I share with clients is that we need to be satisfied on four levels in order to truly satisfy our hunger.
The food/meal needs to contain enough energy (or calories)
It needs to taste good.
It needs to contain enough nutrients.
It needs to physically fill your stomach.
So if three out of those four or some of that is missing it creates dissatisfaction with our meal. Then there is this longing to have something more. This can lead to overeating and even ravenously eating. That’s what I’ve experienced myself and what I’ve seen in clients as well.
A great example of this is if we are eating more processed foods or foods that are not as nutrient-dense. Like more baked goods, cookies or cakes, etc. It tastes good, it has lots of calories and energy. We might eat enough to physically fill us. Then there’s this longing for more. That longing for more is because there’s not enough nutrients in the amount of the food we had.
So if in one cupcake, let’s say it’s 200 calories and our body is expecting a certain amount of nutrients from it. So if we’re not receiving the nutrients, it’s going to signal more hunger. I need more. This is how we can have half a dozen of cupcakes.
This is one of the reasons why we might be overeating. And so we need to look at our overall way of eating.
Once we have this piece in place we can start seeing where we are truly emotionally eating.
Emotional eating is multifaceted. What I found is that for the clients I work with that are emotional eaters is they have a diet mentality, body image issues and emotional dysregulation.
We need to look at all of these different things holistically to resolve this pattern at the root. And so it’s important that we’re aware of it and not thinking it’s this magic bullet and this magic bullet and this magic bullet. It’s a holistic way because we are not just one thing.
Invitation: If you are ready to resolve your emotional eating I would love to invite you to check out more about The Emotional Eating Evolution Program HERE. This is my step by step methodology that is holistic that helps you resolve your emotional eating from the roots so you finally feel confident in your body and around food.
Certified Holistic Nutritionist + Emotional Eating Expert