Have you ever felt like there’s nothing you can do to stop eating cookies? You’ve had a bad day or you’re feeling sad and it just seems like that cookie will fix everything. Did you know that’s there’s actually a solution? Today I’m going to share with you one of the strategies my VIP coaching clients have learned to stop their emotional cookie eating.
To start, let me tell you about one of my VIP clients…
I am currently helping Anna through her own struggle with emotional eating and it has been quite the journey. When we began working together she was ready to give up. After admitting to me that she ate a little too much birthday cake the night before and she was done fighting we started to work together. Then one day I received a text: “I really want a cookie but I know my body doesn’t need one”. Breakthrough! While she fought the cookie, I started celebrating. We made progress. Instead of her going for that cookie we discussed why exactly she “felt” like the cookie and what feeling she was trying to get from eating the cookie. Turns out she needed a little bit of love, comfort, and happiness.
We then talked about some different ways she could find those feelings of comfort she needed without eating a cookie. What would make her so happy to do? How could she feel loved? One of the hardest parts of all of this is actually admitting that we are lacking in something. Who wants to admit that they are lonely, or uncomfortable, or sad. But here’s the thing, when we don’t acknowledge what’s lacking and we quiet our needs with food over and over again we never fix the problem. We never sit in that uncomfortable place. Once we do we can finally recognize the problem and take steps to heal it.
Does this mean Anna hasn’t craved a cookie since? Nope, but it does mean that she has become just a little more aware of how she is feeling. She knows when she craves food at times when she’s not hungry it’s likely for a reason. She now stops and sits and experiences what exactly it is she is feeling and what she needs. Together we are then able to explore how she can get what she needs. Maybe it is a walk outside, or a date with her boyfriend, or a call to her mom. Whatever it is she goes out and does rather than seeking satisfaction from that cookie. Because truth is, the cookie will be gone in seconds and what next? The cycle starts all over again. Is this sounding familiar to you? If this is an area you tend to get hung up on I want to help you get unstuck!
If you’re struggling like Anna is, I want to invite to take advatange of one of my 3 spots I have open for an emotional eating strategy session.
I am currently offering a one-hour power session for anyone battling with emotional eating and would love to offer you support in this area.
Once I receive your email or your session confirmation you will receive an invoice for $100.00. Once it is paid I will be in touch to book your strategy session.
I can’t wait to talk with you!