This is the Part 2 of The Emotional Eating Blog Series.
Most over or under eaters feel that they lack willpower and incentive in their struggles to lose or gain weight. They must become mindful and aware that food has a representative meaning, most often hidden deep and far from conscious awareness.
Such understanding is an important trait in helping the compulsive or apathetic eater come to grips with the psychological difficulties in losing or gaining weight.
Examine the following alternative meanings which obese persons, and others with eating disorders, have unconsciously attached to food:
Emotional eating does not necessarily affect over or underweight people. Eating large amounts of food or not eating much does not always mean that you have an eating disorder.
Most of us may overeat or undereat from time to time as the pressures of daily life often direct us towards food for consolation. It’s true eating can be very accommodating!
But when does this eating emotional reaction turn from a simple enjoyment into an emotional eating problem?
Do you recognize any of these behaviors?
Using food for self-comfort began when mom gave us our first chocolate biscuit for being well behaved.
Is it any wonder that we want to reconstruct those positive conditionings?
Food and emotions are coerced together. But when we use food to camouflage emotions, it becomes damaging, unhealthy eating.
Spiritual Hunger is feeling destitute of a sense of purpose, a lack of passion, pleasure, or bliss in one’s life.
Do you feel like life resembles a constant chore, or there is a struggling routine to reevaluate a different life purpose after the kids are off to college or when retirement sets in after a long and prosperous career?
Are your days spent contributing to others, and by the end of the day, there is nothing left to give to yourself?
And so you eat to self-soothe, disassociate and numb out your logical thoughts and emotions.
Regardless of the rationale, Spiritual Hunger is often a hint that something deeper is calling for your attention.
Take the time to dwell on this question and see what comes to the surface as the answer will help direct your strategy as you begin to chase meaning in your life rather than relying on the false sensations that food provides.
Now that we have put that into words, the idea for managing Spiritual Hunger will depend on the individual and what is responsible for the eating pattern as well as how long the pattern has been in place.
The first step is building your conscious awareness around the HOWS and WHYS of any eating behaviors that may be harming your health.
Only through gentle self-awareness can we commence to improve our understanding of why we keep making impulsive, thoughtless food choices that clash with our health-related goals.
This is the end of part 2 of The Emotional Eating Blog Series. Part 1: The spiritual explanation and the connection with karma Part 2: The symbolic meaning of food (you are here) Part 3: Using mindfulness meditation – A scientific approach Part 4: Three key steps to heal and transform Stay tuned for more interesting facts and strategies to help you gradually overcome these life-long patterns and behaviors.
If you too are wondering how to pursue a more mindful lifestyle, change your karma, and thus change your Mindset…
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Give your body, spirit, soul and mind the opportunity to finally embrace all its finest qualities… the ones blessed with from Spirit…
Always here, always yours,
KC The Greek Shaman
"May we be Light, may we be Love, may we be Aligned"KC The Greek Shaman