Can We Really Help You Overcome Your Emotional Eating?

We work with people who want to overcome their pattern of emotional eating.  To find out if this is a problem for you, take the emotional eating quiz.

Most people who have an unhealthy relationship with food tend to find themselves stuck in at least one of a number of typical patterns.  Do any of these scenarios sound familiar?

  • You’ve tried one diet after another, but either can’t stick to them or eventually gain the weight back.  Each time you decide to go on a diet, you tell yourself this will be the time you finally lose the weight.  And every time, you eventually lose motivation, start “cheating,” have a hard time staying disciplined, or give up altogether.  Or, you manage to stick to it long enough to lose a fair bit of weight, but you quickly find yourself back to your old habits and gain it back.
  • You’re constantly eating, or eating “all the wrong” things, and the pounds keep piling on.  How many times a day do you peek inside the fridge or cupboard, looking for something to munch on?  It’s impossible for you to walk past a vending machine or fast food joint without stopping to “get a little treat.”  You even keep a supply of snacks in a drawer at work in case you get hungry.  You know this isn’t healthy, but you can’t seem to help yourself.
  • You consistently turn to food every time your emotions run high.  A fight with your husband, a bad day at work, pressure from a looming deadline, or out-of-control behaviour from your kids, all send you running for the nearest tub of ice cream.  You know you shouldn’t be doing this, but you don’t care, because the relief you get from eating is so powerful.
  • You eat because you’re unhappy, but you’re unhappy because you eat.  You’ve become trapped in a vicious cycle where you use food to comfort yourself when you’re down, but then you feel guilty for eating, which only causes you to want to eat more.  You have no idea how to break free from this cycle of guilt.
  • You have an unhealthy relationship with food.  Maybe you have a hard time controlling how much you eat, not stopping until the whole bag of chips is gone or you feel sickeningly full.  Maybe you hide food from people, stashing it in secret places around the house or eating in private so no one can see you.  Maybe you use anything from a bad day to a cause for celebration as an excuse to eat.  And maybe you were given unhealthy messages about food from your family, who always forced you to finish your plate or used food as a substitute for love.

If one or more of these scenarios is true for you, please read on. You’re in the right place; we can help you.

But will it work for you?

The clients who get the most out of working with us typically share many of the following characteristics.  If these fit you, you are likely someone who can overcome your emotional eating.

  • You are ready to deal with the problems that cause your emotional eating, and have acknowledged that the weight is just an outward manifestation of an emotional hunger, not a physical hunger.
  • You are willing to face the difficult feelings, memories or situations that fuel the emotional hunger.
  • You are finally ready to stop the endless cycle of dieting, and lose those last few pounds for good.
  • You are no longer willing to tolerate the vicious cycle that leads you to overeat, and the guilt that comes along with it.
  • You are not looking for a quick fix; you know that real healing is a process that takes time, energy and commitment to a long-term solution.
  • You are open to asking for and receiving help to move past this problem; you’ve tried so many different things, and you realize that new results require new approaches.
  • You are willing to challenge yourself or be challenged to learn new ways of coping and let go of old habits.
  • You are ready to heal the hunger!  By breaking free from this pattern of emotional eating and learning to cope with your emotions in other ways, you will not only become healthier and happier, but slimmer too!

If you fit the profile above you can be successful at overcoming your emotional eating. Now that you know more about who we work with, read on to find out more about how we work.