This is session 4 of the 8 part PEERtrainer Emotional Eating Mini-Course
In part 4 of our series today, we are going to bring focus to a very important question, and we are going to hit it right away:
Session 4 Exercise:
"On a scale of 1 to 10, do you really believe that you can be rid of using food as a key tool to bring comfort to your life?"
You want to think about where you are right now, not where you want to be. Even if you are a two, that is fine. You begin to think "ok, what do I need to do to get to a three or a six."
If you want to jump right into the 9 minute call, here it is:
Session 4 Audio File
Session 4 Summary and Key Concepts:
We share a story of a real-life example of someone we have been working with who has been struggling with EE for a long time, thought she had it under control, but then realized she really didn't.
Actually, in a sense she did have it under control, but she wasn't free from it. She had it "managed" in her life in a way where it was predictable, but she wasn't really free of it. It's sort of like learning to live with a hip injury rather than getting it actually corrected. You can be limping around in pain, and you convince yourself that it's manageable pain because for some reason in your mind you think "it will just always be this way".
But does it really have to just be that way?
The break through for this client came when she admitted that she just wasn't where she wanted to be in terms of her body. She had a belly that she hated but she hadn't made the decision that at all costs it was no longer an option for her to keep.
Instead, she kept CHOOSING, over and over again to use food as her emotional crutch to help her deal with the challenges in her life. Making that choice over and over again was the direct reason for belly. It was a one to one correlation.
Food as comfort = belly fat.
Then what she realized is that as much as she REALLY WANTS to get rid of it, she hasn't actually DECIDED that the belly fat is no longer an option. Once she really looked at it, she realized she is actually prioritizing food as comfort over having the body she wanted.
And of course what that insight gives her is the realization that she can make a different choice.
I hope these calls are helping you start to get a better handle on things. If you have any insights into today's session, please hit reply!