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What's Eating You?

Posted Nov 01 2010 11:21am

I will repeat that exact same question to myself when I'm wanting to dive into Krispy Kreme donuts head first or some other sugary/fat/carb-laden/nutritionally zero food choice.  What's eating me?  When I ask myself that question, it gives me a moment of pause that I need.  In this brief moment, it takes me out of the emotional eating mode and into the checking inside myself mode.  100% of the time, it is some emotion or noun (person, place or thing) that is bothering me.  If I can't control ___________ (for those of you that know me well, you can fill in the blank!), then I'll eat it away or stuff it away.  The question of "What's eating me?" is an extremely useful strategy for me to deal with my emotions and eating therefrom.

I watched a television show yesterday "What's Eating You?" that was so interesting.  It was the first time I'd seen it.  Yesterday's episode was on anorexia, bulimia and bingeing.  In my life, to one degree or another, I understand each of these very intimately.  They showed sessions each person had with their therapist.  It was very moving and touched me deeply.  One of the things that struck me is that both of the people had a close family member that accompanied them to their therapy sessions when they were asked.  That level of support is so important and a cornerstone the person's long-term success. 

There were many similarities that struck me.  Some of the similarities that were very deep and I thought probably unique to me came up for at least one of the people featured in the show.  I believe that we can feel alone in the recovery from food issues but in actuality we share more similarities than we know.  Food issues cause us to feel isolated and alone, and keep things going on with us to ourselves.

There are quite a few things that are eating me today.  NOW, the difference is that I'm much more connected to that part of me, I deal with those things in a healthy, self-nurturing way rather than self-destruction by giving my power away to those "things" by eating over them. 

What's Eating You?

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