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Busting Myths: Is Emotional Eating Forever? (From Powerless to Empowered)


Amy English, Emotional Eating Coach

Do you ever feel like you're constantly battling food? You crave control, a peaceful coexistence with food, and maybe even the freedom to stop hiding treats from yourself (we've all been there!). Emotional eating can be a powerful force, leaving you feeling defeated and helpless.


But what if I told you it doesn't have to be this way? Today, we're busting some common myths that hold us back and revealing empowering truths to help you break free from the cycle of emotional eating.


Myth #1: I am an emotional eater. This is who I am.


This belief makes emotional eating feel like an unchangeable part of your identity. It leads to a constant internal struggle, like fighting a losing battle. Here's the truth: emotional eating is a learned behavior, a habit, not your core being. Recognizing this shift empowers you to make changes!


Myth #2: It's impossible to stop. I'll never be able to control it.


Feeling helpless keeps you stuck.  But what if you looked for evidence of your strength in other areas of your life? You've overcome challenges before, and you can overcome this one too! Remember, progress, not perfection, is the goal.


Myth #3: That was the last time. I won't do it again.


This all-or-nothing thinking sets you up for disappointment. Accept that setbacks are a normal part of the process. It's not about white-knuckling your way to perfection but learning and growing from experiences.


New Truths to Embrace


Instead of these limiting beliefs, consider these empowering truths:


  • Emotional eating is a habit, not my identity. (Feeling: hopeful)

  • I'm capable of change. (Feeling: curious)

  • It's going to happen again, and that's okay. (Feeling: empowered)

 

Repeat these truths to yourself daily. This shift in perspective can be a game-changer.


Building a Stronger Foundation: The Fat2Fierce Process


Imagine building a solid foundation for a healthier relationship with food. The Fat2Fierce process uses three pillars as its base:


  • Fierce Mind: Quieting your inner critic and becoming your own supportive ally.

  • Fierce Body: Reconnecting with your body's hunger cues and learning to listen.

  • Fierce Heart: Accepting yourself, your emotions, and your experiences with compassion.


Remember: Progress, Not Perfection


There will be bumps along the road. Don't get discouraged by occasional setbacks. A "binge" can be a valuable learning opportunity, allowing you to explore the underlying triggers and develop healthier coping mechanisms.


Taking Control: Steering Yourself Back on Course


With a strong foundation, you'll be better equipped to navigate emotional urges and make empowered choices. You'll learn to course-correct when needed, and those emotional spirals will become less frequent, less intense, and much shorter. This is how you break the cycle for good.


From Powerless to Empowered:  Your Food Freedom Journey Begins Now!


Feeling a shift towards "maybe it is possible"? That's fantastic! Remember, your confidence level can change. You are capable of building a healthier relationship with food.


Remember, you're not alone in this journey. Take control, embrace the learning process, and move towards a future of food freedom and empowerment!


xo,

Amy

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