14 days ago
Day 11 Emotional Eating - The texture of the foods you crave is as significant as the chemical disposition of the foods for determining the emotions underpinned. Have you noticed the constant cravings you have when you’re in a particular emotional state? .
Start to think about the type of foods you crave at particular times. For example; Are the foods you crave when you’re highly stressed & have a deadline different to the foods you crave when you’re tired & over-worked or working late? What about if you feel lonely or if you’ve lost a love relationship. It’s no mistake why many people reach for a huge tub of ice cream and or chocolate during a break up.
Think about the texture of the food types & how much action & energy that goes into eating these foods. The level of intensity will indicate which end of the spectrum your underlying emotion is. Let’s place Crunchy on one end, Soft the other end & Chewy somewhere in the middle.
Crunchy reflects the angry emotions - stress, anger, tension, frustration & resentment. They require a lot of mouth action which can be symbolic of holding back your words, biting your tongue so to speak. .
Soft, smooth, creamy foods - pain, loss, emptiness, depression, insecurity, loneliness, sadness, self loathing & shame. Think of a baby, soft food, soft approach; having to soothe these types of emotions, soothing the pain with soft, smooth, especially creamy foods. .
Chewy food is somewhere in the middle. If you consider the extremities of these emotions, think about the combination of these & how you may feel sad & in pain but angry at how the pain was caused. Fear & anxiety would fall somewhere in the middle. Think of nail biting & how you may reach for a combination of these foods depending upon the circumstances that’s caused fear & anxiety. .
Reflect today on your usual foods & compare the times you reach for them, they are trying to tell you something. It would be great if you could keep a journal, bring it to your conscious awareness. #buildingawareness .
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