Posts tagged ‘overeating’

Do you eat when you are sad or happy, or both?

EFT healthy eatingOh my goodness, when did that happen? Why is sitting down all of a sudden so uncomfortable? Hmm, that’ll be for the same reason that it is not a good idea to wear stretchy tops that cling to all the wrong places, in particular around that developing eruption around the waist band. It wasn’t like that a few weeks ago…. honest! Post 40, it definitely takes a lot longer to shift off than to put on. But enough moaning, time to examine what’s happening. I do EFT with clients for weight loss and we focus on getting rid of the negative emotions, which cause anxieties, which cause the cravings. And it works! Beautifully! However, what I have failed to notice over the last few weeks is how happy I have been. Guess what I do when I’m happy…… I celebrate! I eat lots of yummy food as a treat to celebrate my happiness!!! Life is good, I really fancy an Indian takeaway. Life is great, I am so pleased with what I have achieved today and I am loving these Bendicks Bittermints! My little boy earns house points at school and is really chuffed – lets celebrate and eat pizza!!! Okay, now I am starting to see a pattern.

Thinking of patterns…. we react to life in ways that we have been taught. We are taught by our parents (who were taught by their parents, who were taught by their parents), by our teachers (who were taught by their parents and their teachers… who were taught by their parents, who were taught by their parents and their teachers who were taught by their parents….), okay you get the picture.

My son is being taught by me. He is understands that when he falls over and cuts himself, he gets a cuddle and a lollipop. Lesson one, when we are in pain the pain disappears with a lollipop and we get attention.

He understands that when it is time for Mummy to cut his hair, if he doesn’t complain and keeps really still, he gets rewarded with sweets. Lesson two, when you have to do something you don’t want to do, rewarding yourself with treats is a way to get through it. Or, don’t do anything you don’t want to do unless there is a reward for you at the end of it that makes it worth your while.

He learns, that when we have had a great day we love to cuddle up on the sofa, eat pizza and popcorn and watch a movie. Lesson three, when you are happy veg out on the sofa and eat pizza and popcorn!

I shall leave you to draw your own conclusions, whilst I go and find something more comfy to wear!