I define compulsive eating as the desire to eat for comfort. Food haunts us at times, like any other obsessive thought once you develop a food desire its hard to free your mind of it. This serves as a problem because both over and under eating affects our nutritional level. Over consuming food can deter results and under eating food causes deficiency. We need balance by eating for nourishment.
If you’re seeking to become healthier and suffer from compulsive eating this may be your biggest battle. Understand that this addiction can be overcome and that it’s something you will work on for the remainder of your life. YOU CAN DO IT! Its important to understand what emotional eating is, to mindfully address your impulses. In doing research I came across great information about emotional eating on the HelpGuide.org website, they are a nonprofit that provide a lot of self help information. Visit the site for more detailed information.
Hunger that comes on suddenly.
Craves only certain foods.
Leads to mindless eating.
Leaves you unsatisfied when even after your full.
Is not located in your stomach.
Often times leads to regret, guilt, or shame.
If you experience these things in relationship with eating your likely an emotional eater. That’s okay, the first step is recognizing the problem. Now you can address these urges as they come and begin to talk yourself out of it. I write, draw, meditate, or deal with whats causing me stress head on when I feel my compulsive eating coming. I stop and self talk: “Bianca, your not hungry what’s really bothering you?” Most people have some form of addiction they retreat to for comfort, food is ours. This is the first step to kicking that addiction and replacing it with something positive.
Again for more information: http://www.helpguide.org/life/emotional_eating_stress_cravings.htm