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As you may know, we live in a culture which promotes a love/hate relationship with food, with our bodies and ultimately with ourselves. Therefore, we are left feeling out of control with our eating and with our lives. Joyce Sarat White, licensed professional counselor and founder of Weighty Issues, helps clients explore information, challenge beliefs and encourages the reframing of one's relationship to food, to their bodies and to themselves. Click here for a more complete description of Weighty Issues.

This blog will provide you with the opportunity to receive support and education. The information is meant to complement, not substitute for professional services. Thank you for visiting, I hope it will become habit forming!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Food: The Feeling Plug!

Do you eat in response to feelings other than hunger? Most people eat to soothe their feelings at least occassionally. Many of us learned this behavior from childhood. We learned to associate food with caretaking, comfort and love. For example, as enfants when we cried we were fed. As we became a little older, and perhaps fell, scraped our knee and felt sad, we may have been given a cookie to feel better. If left alone, our parents may have left us snacks to eat so that we might not feel so alone. If we did well in school, we may have been rewarded with a hot fudge sundae. And so food became our self-care tonic.

Today as adults if we continue to bury our feelings in food, we hurt ourselves mentally, physically and spiritually. Just as eating only one food day in and day out can lead to malnutrition, coping with our feelings using only food can leave us undernourished. We need to develop a variety of coping mechanisms to effectively deal with our feelings. Which ones appeal to you? Relaxation...Assertiveness...Movement...Problem solving...Support...Expression of our feelings thru journaling or counseling...Sitting with our feelings and letting them run thru us.

If you need support in your self-care with feelings, please call me at 846-9053.

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