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Emotional Eating and Self Care

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Sunday, September 22, 2019


Self-Care is not just going to the spa or getting manicures and pedicures. Self-Care is getting enough sleep, getting enough water, getting enough vitamins and minerals, getting enough fiber, getting enough moving and stretching, getting enough friend time and self time...

Notice how different self care is from a diet? Diets often require a person to cut out or take away. Self-Care is nurturing based and concentrates on making sure we are getting our needs met.

Changing the focus from deprivation to meeting our needs is crucial if we are to overcome emotional eating. Emotional eating often happens when we are feeling unbalanced because a need is not being met. We need to learn to nurture and soothe ourselves- to come back into a state where our needs are not met by others, but by ourselves. Let’s face it, others can disappoint us. We can choose to take time to care for ourselves, usually the issue is that we won’t.

It was very difficult for me to start my journey. My husband, friends, doctors... they all wanted me to have weight loss surgery. When I said no, they got angry, thinking I was turning down my only hope and basically washed their hands of me. I had no support. I was an emotional train wreck. Not to mention, my husband likes the look of 400 pound women. Would he be less attracted to me?

God was there for me. He sent SparkPeople. He made me stronger. I realized that much of my emotional eating was driven by trauma and abuse, neglect. In giving care to myself, I could heal much. In healing the wounds and nurturing myself, I continue to get better with my emotional eating.

Beth Donovan
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