Until I started blogging and interacting with others on a similar quest, I never really thought of overeating as an emotional response. Oh sure, I had random bits of stress-eating (still do), but I didn’t have a strong connection of food and feelings. For me, the primary cause of my obesity was that I liked food. I liked it a lot (still do), and I hadn’t figured out a way to embrace that in a healthier way. When I finally got it all sorted out, I lost the extra weight and have (mostly) been able to maintain it. My solution turned out to be mostly math, mindfulness, and momentum.
But that’s just me. From my interactions with other seekers, I know that quite a few people are dealing with the additional layer of emotional eating. For those people, there’s a new book that might provide some answers.
According to author Colette Baron-Reid, people who feel too much may carry excess weight for reasons that have very little to do with food. In her newest book, Weight Loss for People Who Feel Too Much, Colette focuses on the keys to weight loss for sensitive people: managing empathy, setting and maintaining healthy boundaries, eating to support well-being, and dealing with challenging situations that trigger disordered eating.
- Find out more
- Download introduction
- Accept Colette’s gift of 3 meditations designed for this weight loss program
With the purchase of the book, you also receive as a gift, the Weight Loss Jump Start program, membership to a closed facebook group, free coaching from Colette’s Weight Release Energetix® coaches, and a community to help you succeed.
Since I don’t have a true understanding of the issues surrounding emotional eating, I honestly can’t say if this book holds The Answer. The basic steps to be worked through seem straightforward enough:
- Speak your truth
- Own your truth
- Reclaim your power to choose
- Reconnect without losing yourself
Those are all steps I worked through in my own way, although I didn’t think about them at the time. Whether our reasons for being overweight are mathematics or emotion, most of us go through this process in some form or fashion.
Where I begin to zone out with this program is in some of the alternative techniques–EFT (tapping) or Himalayan salt baths, for example–used in the process. Not because they’re not valid or wouldn’t be effective for some folks, but because they’re just not my thing. In my extremely limited exposure, I haven’t seen any evidence of the efficacy of these techniques. My stubborn practical side overriding my spiritual side, I guess. I will say that I find a lavender epsom salt bath to be quite restorative after a workout, so maybe there’s something to it.
As for dietary advice, the author avoids offering a concrete eating plan. (As someone for whom “other people’s diets” never work, I really appreciate this.) Her recommendations largely center on a wholesome, mostly plant-based diet.
This is not a book that gave me a lot of “a-hah” moments, but as I said earlier, I don’t have huge issues with separating food and emotion. I did want to give a mention, just in case if might hold some answers for readers who struggle with emotional eating. Our stories may be different, but I wish you great success in finding your answers and want to help in whatever way I can.
FTC disclosure: I was provided a proof copy of this book for review purposes. Opinions expressed are my own.