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Four Steps to Weight Loss

Do you crave pizza when you are stressed? It's likely a learned behavior.

Do you crave pizza when you are stressed? It’s likely a learned behavior.

My holiday gift to you is support for your weight loss goals. Here are four steps to weight loss: Awareness, Rules, Structure, and Peacefulness.

Eating, and liking certain foods are learned behaviors.  As omnivores, we eat different foods based on our learning.  This means that our preferences for certain kinds of foods developed over time and become habits.  Some of us think we are “addicted” to different foods like sugar, or even fatty foods.  Research tells us that we may have preferences for sugary foods (and who doesn’t??) but these preferences are actually learned behaviors.  Since they are learned behaviors, we actually can end overeating in four steps.  

What purpose does your disordered eating serve?

Have you ever considered what purpose your eating pattern serves?  Any type of disordered eating pattern, whether it is restricting food intake (a “diet”),

meditation calms the mind

Sit ten minutes a day and find some headspace

counting calories obsessively, counting fat grams, avoiding entire categories of food (dreaded “gluten”,  “carbs”, or “sugar” are three examples), overeating past the point of satisfaction, throwing up, compensatory behaviors like laxatives or exercising to extreme – all of these patterns are your relationship to food.  And your relationship, like any other relationship, serves a purpose in your life.

What would you be doing with your life if you weren’t spending all of your time counting calories?  Hating yourself?  Wishing you were something – anything other than you think you are?  How much time are you spending each day with thoughts about food, feeding, body size & weight?  Most importantly, what would you be thinking and feeling if your mind wasn’t occupied with thoughts about food and your body?