50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food by Susan Albers

By Susan Albers

Food has the facility to quickly alleviate rigidity and unhappiness, increase pleasure, and convey us convenience after we desire it so much. it is no ask yourself specialists estimate that seventy five percentage of overeating is caused via our feelings, now not actual starvation. the good news is you could in its place soothe your self via dozens of conscious actions which are fit for either physique and mind.

Susan Albers, writer of Eating Mindfully, now bargains 50 how you can Soothe your self with out Food, a set of mindfulness abilities and practices for stress-free the physique in occasions of pressure and finishing your dependence on consuming as a way of dealing with tricky feelings. you will not just become aware of effortless how one can soothe urges to overeat, you will additionally differentiate emotion-driven starvation from fit starvation. succeed in for this ebook rather than the fridge subsequent time you are feeling the urge to snack-these choices are only as satisfying!

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Brooke, for example, is a frequent emotional eater. She counters her emotional eating by focusing on a photograph of Paris in her living room, rather than staying in the kitchen. When she starts to feel the need to stress eat, she firmly plants herself within inches of this picture and focuses all of her attention on the top point of the Eiffel Tower. This is a little like zooming in with a camera. She narrows her consciousness to include only this image rather than the images of food that had been swirling around in her mind.

If you were able to banish all food cravings from your life, you would have already done so. However, mindfulness skills can help you ride the urge out until the desire to emotionally eat fades or goes away. As discussed in the introduction, being mindful is a way of thinking. Basically, it is being very aware of the present moment in an open and nonjudgmental way. Many people are drawn to food for unconscious reasons. When they slow down and really pay attention to whatever triggers their craving for food, ­especially when they aren’t hungry, they get a better handle on how to deal with their cravings.

Take this book to read as a quick pick-me-up or to strengthen your motivation. Take an inventory. Before you get started, take an inventory of your current self-soothing skills. It’s likely that you’ve developed some methods naturally that succeed in calming you down. For example, instead of eating, you might take a nap or spend some time alone doing a self-soothing activity. Take a moment now to list your strengths and most successful soothing activities. Sometimes we get too focused on the skills that we lack and forget about those we have.

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