As millions of women around the world, my mother suffers from emotional eating.
Part of the reason is her chronic depression.
She is slowly committing suicide.
Emotional eating disease
Today I’m going to talk about a very personal subject. To tell you the truth, it’s about my mother and her overall poor health do to her emotional eating habits.
My mother is the typical stereotype of a woman who has struggled with her weight all her life. She has yo-yoed up and down the scale. Even more, every time she gave up on her diet, she ended up gaining more weight then before.
Actually, the problem lies mostly in the fact that she is an emotional eater. Diagnosed as having chronic depression(which is a whole other subject), eating makes her feel good.
The problem is that she does diet plans and exercises for a while, but then she slowly weans back to her old routine. Hence, she starts eating junk, sweets, desserts and portions big enough to feed 2 to 3 people.
Lately, every time I speak with her, there is a lot of tension in the air. Particularly when she asks me what I am working on.
For one thing, since I am in the weight loss, healthy life style and overall well-being niche, if I talk about it, she seems to feel like I am trying to impose a diet on her.
The thing is that I can’t stand to see her waste away like that. For instance, she is sleepy all the time. What is more, she gets burnt out simply by doing the dishes or passing the vacuum. Additionally, her hips hurt as well as one of her knees. She is hot and sweaty all the time and she does absolutely nothing to help herself!
It just infuriates me! Instead of trying to get a hold of her life, she stuffs her face with more junk food and keeps on piling the pounds… Which leads to a vicious circle of dis-ease.
As a matter of fact, the way she handles herself tells me that she simply doesn’t care about herself.
Whether she lives, or dies is of no concern to her.
To tell the truth, I would even go as far as saying that she literally has a death wish.
How can you help or even love someone that does not want to help herself, and does not love herself?
It is plain to see that most of her physical problems are caused and/or aggravated by the fact that she is nearly 150 pounds overweight.
If only she would stop making desserts, eating between meals and reduce her portions. Within a month’s time I am sure that she would lose at least 10 to 20 pounds. If you’ve ever seen what 5 pounds of fat looks like, you would know that 20 pounds of fat is a huge chunk! Google it up, you’ll see.
Likewise, I am sure that some of you can either relate to my mother or myself right now.
Indeed, if you can relate to my mother, I just hope that I will have helped you see how much you are damaging your body, literally sabotaging yourself!
Why not take the decision right now to make small changes in your eating habits that will have a huge impact in the long run?
Jumping head first
Nevertheless, don’t jump in head first into another radical diet. Instead, do incremental changes that will last. If you eat your emotions, find yourself another routine or habit to fall on.
Above all, aim for long term healthy habits. That is to say that as the pounds melt away, you will be able to add more physical movements into your daily routine. Before you know it, all your physical pain will be a thing of the past.
As for the emotional imbalance, try meditating, reading self-help books.
Namely, do things that make you happy and make you laugh. Don’t watch sad movies, and by all means stop listening to the news, they only focus only the bad.
Most importantly, don’t talk about what is bothering you every time you get a chance.
For one thing, whenever you start thinking negative thoughts, watch funny animal videos on YouTube, read joke books… Do anything to break that pattern, but don’t use food as your crutch.
There you will find guided meditations by my favorite practitioner of that art.
You can also practice mindful breathing exercises, it really helps to wind down a hectic mind.
The power of the subconscious
As for the diet part, I have something you might find very interesting. If you are someone who is easily susceptible to being hypnotized, you should really check out the Neuro-slimmer.
According to research published in the prestigious Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, hypnosis proved to be over 30 times more effective for weight loss when compared to dieting alone. But, the really interesting thing that came out of their research was at the 8-month and 2-year follow-up stage. For one thing, hypnosis subjects continued to lose significant weight AND they kept the weight off.
Do yourself a favor and check out the Neuro Slimmer here!
And if you do decide to try it out, please let me know about your experience. Being that it might help me convince my mother or other people LIKE my mother to do the same. They could finally be on the path to great health, in body and soul.
Until next time,
Carole St-Laurent from greatday2start.com
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