Do You Have An Unhealthy Relationship With Food?

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We have it in our head that if we fill our stomachs, we’ll fill our hearts.

Kate Wicker, Weightless: Making Peace With Your Body.

Does that ring true for you? Do you sometimes feel as if your relationship with food is not healthy?

Childhood Links?

It may have come from our childhoods, especially if food was a source of either comfort or conflict within the family.

If you perhaps had a little extra weight growing up, then the way your parents dealt with it could still be significantly impacting you later on in life.

Especially if a parent used any sort of shaming / blaming statements, then you might have had a negative association with food. This may have caused a current cycle of overeating and negative body-image.

The Comfort Zone

Or, alternatively, if food was always used for comfort “here, have a cookie, you’ll feel better”, then we may have carried that into adulthood, too.

Are Ghosts From Your Past Still Hijacking Your Life Today?

The messages that came from parents or others, whether extended family or friends, are often carried into adulthood, and then may translate into the kind of messages that we say to ourselves as adults.

It’s almost as if the voices from childhood are perpetuated in adulthood by our own minds.

My wish for you is that you begin to see past these negative messages and fill your heart instead with love

Kathleen Dwyer-Blair, LCSW, BCD, Director.

p.s. Our complete article: Coping With Compulsive and Episodic Overeating, provides more information.

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