Food is fuel for the body

Food is something that keeps us going, gives us energy, makes our heart beat, our eyes blink, our brain think, enables us to speak. The fuel from food helps us to exercise, to focus at work, to play with our kids…

But what happens when food become more than that?


What happens when we get an emotional attachment to the food we eat?

Emotional attachment such as eating for comfort. Eating to congratulate yourself. Eating because you are sad. Eating because you feel guilt. Eating in secret because you know it’s not right and you enjoy the thrill.

When it gets to this stage food is no longer fuel.

Food is your prison and you are its prisoner. It is at this point when food becomes your enemy and the consequences can be astronomical. Weight gain, weight loss, illness physically and worst of all mentally.

But how do we get out of this vicious cycle and see the food we eat as fuel again?

It’s a good question and one that can only tackled by you but could be answered by a coach or a friend.

Talking is the first step

Admitting that you have an attachment to food. It’s a very big step but one once you have taken it will help you massively.

cycle of habitual eating_2Pay attention

You will more than likely have followed this pattern. When things are good, food is good, when things are bad or very good food is bad. It is about being able to identify these triggers which is important.

What feelings do you get when you go to eat?

Anxiety, stress, overwhelmed, worried, alienated? Really look at these. They are the key to your trigger.

9 times out of 10 there will be an incident that happens no matter how small to anyone else, for you it will be a trigger. As our brains and wired like a computer a signal will be sent straight to your brain if this incident causes any trigger in emotion like I stated above. Next thing you know you’ll be reaching for the food and you’re back in the vicious cycle.

Being able to identify why it happens in that crucial moment, take five and just breathe and see it for what it is…

This is one small step to regaining control of your food.

Take a look at this picture…

It’s the Rock Solid Cycle of Habitual Eating

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You can see the cycle here visually and clearly. You can see that you are not able usually, to control the situation that you maybe put under, but you can see how to sit with the feelings that it stirs up.

This is the point where you can ask yourself the questions on the picture.

If you can stop yourself at this point, take a breath and ask these questions. Ask ‘Why am I doing this?’ and you will be able to create a better insight into your behaviours.

Whatever you do, DON’T beat yourself upTake your time. Rome was not built in one day. Start small and remember that small actions lead to big changes.

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