What is Emotional Eating
This site is intended as a companion or follow up to my book How to Heal Food Addiction (formerly known as Why You Suck at Weight Loss). Following is an excerpt from the preface of the book, which explains heal the root causes of the cravings that lead to constant hunger pains and food addiction. For that matter, these principals apply to all addiction and compulsive, addictive behaviors.
This is not your typical weight loss book. It addresses the root causes of why many people can’t lose weight or to be able to keep it off. This is more a book about healing and transformation. What do meditation and yogic breath practices have to do with weight loss or food addiction? Simply, that the reason I struggled with weight loss, as do many other people, is there was a gnawing inner tension that creates what I call False Hunger Pains. It is often located in the area of the solar plexus, which is where where much of our emotional baggage is stored. I used food or substance to relieve that tension.
Overcome Compulsive, Emotional Overeating
I didn’t know at the time that’s what I was doing, but it was. So then why you may also struggle with weight loss, is because there is an internal tension caused by unconscious emotions that you are trying to quell or medicate with food or substance. Relieve the tension and the emotional issues behind them and you will reduce or eliminate your compulsiveness around food. Understand?
So while this is not your typical weight loss or diet book, it does address the root cause of why so many people can never seem to lose weight or keep it off. And isn’t it the final results that really matters? Of course, what I just stated applies to every type of addiction and obsessive compulsive disorder This is no small thing. We’re talking about healing and transforming on the deepest levels.
Food addiction & binging are forms of emotional eating
This book begins with the premise that food addiction, binging, over eating and the resulting obesity all have something in common. They are all versions of emotional eating in one form or another. And if the addiction or obsessive or compulsive behavior is something other than food, that too has an emotional root cause. These are all conditions of what Buddhism or Tibetan Medicine calls the Spiritual Heart.
Healing emotions with yogic breath practice
The book: Spiritual Weight Loss describes a type of healing breath practice. It suggests using a timer to make it easier than having to count, especially, as you are able to retain your breath for longer periods of time. Below is an Ebay banner, where I have provided a particular model of timer that serves well for this purpose. Many times you would find, only have minutes and hours. You want one that counts seconds. The one provided below also allows you to repeat. So you don’t have to reenter each time. This is exactly what you want for the breath practice, though you do not have to have a time. You can count. It’s up to you. Eventually, if your mind is so still that you can do the practice without need for a timer, all the better. But at the early stages, you may need all the help you can get.
If you’re like I was, then you might say, even if unconsciously, that you would rather not address the emotional aspect of why you can’t lose weight or overcome some other addiction. You might prefer to look for the superficial solution. It’s a bit like putting a Band-Aid on shrapnel wound, rather than first removing the shrapnel. If it works for you, then do it. But it never did work for me. I found that as I healed and transformed myself on very deep levels, then that’s when I noticed I was getting some control over the compulsiveness I had struggled with all my life.
So this is not a diet book per se, it’s a book about helping you to heal the emotions that cause the compulsiveness that causes you to overeat and never be able to stick to a diet. Is that you? It sure was me. I knew what to do, but there I would be, drinking beer and eating chips, knowing they would make me fat! I just got use to being somewhat fat.
As my self image began to change, I would feel my lean body underneath the layer of flab and then all that padding outside and I wondered how I could have been living with all that flab. I hated it! It’s like I hadn’t been able to get real with myself and kept doing the things that kept me fat. Every overweight person does or they wouldn’t be that way, excluding where there is a medical root cause, instead of an emotional one.
I had been faced with some rather severe health challenges many years ago, which had taken me out of my careers and pretty much put me on my back. So I was forced to find answers and do whatever it took or kill myself. It was really down to that. However, I didn’t want to give up and also; I believe the difficult karma won’t go away just because one chooses to temporarily escape from it. This is what lead me to discover the hidden or esoteric secrets I’m sharing with you in this book.
Unraveling the Emotional Pain Body that drives Emotional Overeating
So getting control of my compulsiveness around food resulted as a side benefit from the very things that were also most helpful to me in transforming the Spiritual Heart or you could say, healing or unraveling my Emotional Pain Body that Eckhart Tolle speaks about.
For me, I am only interested in the truth or root cause of things, not superficiality. Again, if superficial works for you, then do that, if you prefer. However, the reality is that addictions, eating disorders and weight gain are more complex and challenging then it might seem. Yes, fairly simple to give someone instructions on how to lose weight and stay lean, but then why don’t they?
And so this book is about giving you a path to accessing and transcending the root cause of your addictive behavior. And it just so happens that the teachings and practices revealed in the book can result in many other mental, physical and spiritual benefits.