Help for Emotional Eating

JunkFoodAddictLooking for help with emotional eating and/or binge eating? Turning to comfort foods in times of stress or daily hassles can add up to a pile of weight and health problems that you don’t want.

But what are your natural drugless options for this widespread problem?

Individuals who are suffering from Binge Eating Disorder’ have choices among a wide range of alternative therapies.

Although these therapies utilize different approaches, the ultimate goal of all of them is to reduce or eliminate the triggers and behaviors which causes episodes of emotional and/or binge eating.

The result will be more normalized eating patterns as hunger will be felt at appropriate meal times. This can then eventually lead to fewer or no episodes of binge eating.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

EFT involves tapping on specific meridian points located in different areas of the body while the person focuses on the negative impacts of binge eating. While tapping, an individual will be asked to use language patterns that will help them neutralize or reduce the negative emotions that lead them to binge or seek out specific foods.

The use of EFT will help develop self-control to enable them to be more capable of resisting the urge to overeat. In addition, EFT will help one to develop their ability to stop as soon as they realize they have eaten enough.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)

NLP can also be beneficial for people who are struggling with emotional eating. Through NLP, you learn how to overcome the emotional challenges that trigger comfort food binges. NLP techniques help binge eaters to refocus their mind in order to reach a realization on what specific part in their being really needs to be filled.

This is based on the belief that binge eating occurs when a person feels that something inside him needs to be pacified or calmed.

NLP can help identify the real or underlying feelings which are causing the feelings of dissatisfaction, or of not being satisfied.

When these needs are met, or at least recognized and understood, the sufferer will have less need to use food as a substitute for their unresolved needs and yearnings.

Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the most commonly used therapies for treating people who are suffering from an eating disorder, anxiety disorder, depression, and other emotional challenges.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) found that people who use CBT were able to experience a 50 per cent reduction in their symptoms. Individual and group therapy sessions are all beneficial for people wanting to include CBT in their treatment program.

Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, sufferers learn how to identify those things or events that trigger their urge to binge. Recognizing the triggers which lead to unconscious and seemingly uncontrolled eating behaviors is a huge breakthrough in the treatment plan.

As a result, you work with your therapist to formulate a plan to control unhealthy cravings at that most critical point – before the binge event; instead of the familiar indulging and later regretting cycle. You can also support your progress with positive affirmations.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy helps you develop a healthier attitude towards food while also improving your perception of body image.

ACT is another type of cognitive-behavioral treatment which mainly focuses on your ability to achieve mindfulness while also enabling you to be more flexible about your thoughts and feelings.

This mindfulness empowers you by strengthening the realization that you alone own the problem – and the solution. You realize that you can therefore take steps to control it, rather than feeling powerless and driven by something that you feel that you might have no control over.

It is also through ACT therapy that you will develop awareness about your own experiences and how they respond to their own environment.

When a person battling against binge eating disorder and/or emotional eating uses ACT, you can increase your chance of being able to break the cycle of negative thoughts that lead you to give in to self-destructive eating behaviors.

So many comfort foods contain ingredients that are bad for your overall physical, mental, and emotional health and wellbeing. Look at these therapies as drug-free ways to get yourself back on track.

About the Author Kris Greenway

Natural Wellness Zone is a blog discussion of approaches to self care using complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies that make sense to help people dealing with a range of health challenges. Kris Greenway is a fellow patient who has researched and found more natural ways to deal with a long list of health problems, including type 1 diabetes, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, leaky gut, and arthritis. She includes information and updates from expert physicians to educate people about their natural wellness options.