Alot of the patients I see who struggle with weight loss will say to me, “I just need to exercise more.” or "I have a condition and i cant loose weight." There are key aspects of your life that i will look at to help your weight management. The most important part being your emotional state.
I have worked with many patients who sabotage themselves through emotional eating. If you find yourself in the same boat, focus on your feelings first, not your diet and exercise plan. Here are some of the emotions that i will focus on so we can work through every aspect possible to get you the best results.
Happiness - The most important state for us. Some of my patients are very good and can find their happy state, others have a pattern of celebratory eating. This holiday season if you find yourself drawn to too many goodies, have your own treat allowed with you or bake some raw goodies, or better yet try out non-food ways to be jubilant. Galway on ice is still going, this is a great family fun day out! Find ways of expressing your feelings rather than eating them. When you’re joyfully occupied you’ll be surprised how little you’ll think about food.
Sadness - Many of us were given food as bribs or to ease pain and loss as kids. It could have been to stay quiet in shopping centres, the loss of a pet, a skinned knee, or if you were being bullied by another child at school, Many of us were comforted with foods like ice cream, chocolate, sweets or crisps. If you find yourself re-living this pattern by feeding yourself after a rough day or becuase you are stressed or feeling low, experiment with alternatives. Try walking or exercising, taking a warm bath, spending time with loved ones or your pets, or watching a sad movie (sans snacks) and having a good cry. Sometimes letting out your feelings is the best way to prevent yourself from stuffing them down or using food to disconnect.
Fear - When some of my patients feel anxious or worried they tend to lose their appetite. But for some eating becomes the primary distraction that allows them to shut off the fear, at least temporarily. Mediation, deep breathing, yoga, or stretching may help some people. For others talking through fears, or making concrete lists that address what you can and cannot change about what’s making you anxious is the most effective way to cope, and curb the desire to eat.