Posts Tagged ‘Compulsive Eating’
You have four basic needs that must be fulfilled on a consistent basis. Your subconscious mind views these needs as mandatory, not options. When those needs go unmet, your mind implements compensatory behavior. For compulsive eaters, this behavior is food consumption. What are these needs and how can you keep them balanced in order to stop eating compulsively?
The Mandatory Needs You Need to Fulfill
The needs your mind struggles to keep in balance are security/control, variety, significance, and love/connection. When any of these needs are lacking in any way, your mind employs whatever habits it has been programmed with to compensate. For you, as an over eater, this behavior is eating food.
What is your first reaction to boredom, rejection, loneliness, or stress caused by your lack to control a situation? Is it to head to the kitchen to pacify your out-of-balance emotions? Don’t feel bad, embarrassed, or hopeless. This behavior was something you learned, and therefore it can be unlearned.
Stop Compulsive Eating
The key to stop yourself from eating compulsively lies in your subconscious mind. Somewhere in your past, you were taught to compensate your unfulfilled needs with food. Don’t worry too much about the details of how, when, or why this behavior came to be, focus instead on correcting it.
The simple aspect of stopping compulsive eating is to both correct the self-sabotaging behavior and the organic balancing of your needs (not participating in any compensatory behaviors). Complication comes during the process of correcting the self-sabotaging behavior. You see, the very nature of a habit is to lie hidden, almost invisible to your conscious mind. You may not even realize you are engaged in compulsive eating until it’s too late. A habit is also difficult to break and requires plenty of time, effort, and persistence on your part.
In order to correct compulsive eating behaviors, you have to both reprogram your subconscious mind to stop signaling for food whenever a need is going unmet, and begin to take steps to organically balance the needs in your life so that your mind will not engage in any compensatory behaviors. This may sound much easier than it really is, but you can literally do whatever you put your mind to. What you will soon learn is that the most important belief you can have regarding any action you need to undertake, is simply that you can
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