Is Stress Eating Your Answer To Everything?

The other day I sat in an airport in Raleigh, NC. It was 10 a.m. and I was exhausted.

I had gotten up early to pack. My best friend wanted to have 1 last chance to go to breakfast before I left.

It had been a whirlwind trip, visiting friends and my old stomping grounds where I lived, worked and went to school for nearly 8 years.

Lots of memories there.

Did I say I was tired?

I ordered a bagel – not because I was hungry, but because I was tired. Normally, I can resist this type of conditioning and find something better to do than eat, but at the airport, there weren’t too many options.

I was too tired to read. I could have dug into my bag for some headphones and my ipod.

But that would have taken effort.

And I was tired.

So I ordered a bagel.

I even TOLD myself I had already eaten, but logic rarely works.

I KNEW I wasn’t hungry, and I had that familiar over-full feeling from eating . . . when eating wasn’t what I needed.

Ugh!

No . . . I’m not perfect.

But it’s been many years since eating was my answer to
everything . . .

Normally I can observe what’s happening, notice that I am being *triggered* and sidestep an emotional eating response.

Not that day . . . . What’s different now is that there’s really no judgment attached to it. So I can get right back on track.

There’s no “I’ve already blown it, so I may as well keep going.”

If anything, I can observe myself falling into a silly old pattern and smile, knowing this would not be my choice under normal circumstances.

For me, it’s not a slippery slope, just a temporary lapse . . .

How did I get to this point?

It’s definitely a process . . .

Lots of self-observation, and learning to manage feelings, including fatigue.

Fatigue is the toughest one, because I am often in situations where I can’t get what I need most – SLEEP!

You can start there – observe yourself and your triggers.

Are you medicating your fatigue with carbohydrates?

Is eating your answer to everything?

One of my coaching clients said – “I eat for every emotion I’ve ever had!”

Just observe . . . no judgment, no guilt.

Stay with your feelings.

Notice the triggers and your reactions to them.

Those are the initial steps it takes to make a shift in these patterns.

In the meantime, I already have my strategy planned for the next time that I feel that overwhelming fatigue 🙂

And 1 more thing . . .

KNOW that a change is possible . . . and doable.

Other people have done it. You can too.

It’s my life’s work to help you get there.

This includes a free coaching session to get you started:
http://www.SlimForeverMembers.com

hugs,
Carol

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Psychologist, Master Certified Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner. She is one of the world’s leading experts in using Emotional Freedom Techniques to help people lose weight without dieting, stop binge eating, and reduce anxiety and stress. She is the author of 4 Books on Emotional Freedom Techniques, the EFT Tips Newsletter, the Binge Eating Teleseminar and the EFT Weight Loss CD. Carol has a thriving coaching practice and is passionate about helping others succeed.

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