Do You Eat Too Much Food to Protect Yourself From Harm
Posted Nov 01 2012 5:00am
Could it be that eating the
way you do, even if it brings with it weight gain that you don’t want, protects
you from harm? If you believe this, then you should examine and come to grips
with your beliefs about being harmed and your beliefs about the protective
actions you are taking.
First of all, what harm do
you believe will befall you if you give up your weight-gaining pattern of
eating? Don’t be too quick to say “none”. Give this some thought. How do you
think you’ll get hurt? You could say, for example, that you will give up an
important pleasure. If that’s the case, how will that harm you? What belief do
you hold about being harmed by giving up an important pleasure? See if you can
list at least 3 to 5 beliefs you hold about the harm that will occur if you
give up your pattern of eating too much food or too many calorie-rich foods.
Next, examine your beliefs
about the protective actions you are taking. How does having a wonderful meal
keep harm from darkening your doorstep? What about popping open that extra
large bag of chips and finishing the whole bag while watching TV? Each time you
do it, you end up getting on your case because you knew you lost control. Make
a list here too, of your beliefs in the actions you are taking to protect
As you can see, what you
believe, especially if you believe that you are protecting yourself by eating
the way you do, has to become part of your weight-loss regimen.