That “Go-To” Food

What’s your “go-to” food when you’re stressed, upset, angry, or otherwise driven to food for an emotional reason? 

One of my clients lamented hers, and I had to confess that it was also mine before I broke my Diet Yo-Yo:  Cheap grocery store cake – white cake, buttercream frosting, and sprinkles.  The more frosting, the better.  

How could that meet a need?  It’s not even interesting.  Not even that good.

Yet it did.  Something about that sweet, creamy, buttery, vanilla flavor touched something deep in me.    And one piece was never really enough.  I wanted more, and the truth is, no amount would satisfy because it wasn’t about the food.  It was about a connection.

And no, it doesn’t make any sense, and it doesn’t have to.  As an emotional eating counselor, I help clients uncover and release the origins of such a connection.  As a coach, however, the main focus is how we go forward from here.  You may not need to know the origin – sometimes we can unwind things simply by recognizing the hold food has on us and then making a different choice.

Want to give it a shot?

Here’s your assignment should you choose to accept it:
Identify your go-to food.  Note situations that drive you to it.
Specifically, what need do you expect that food to meet? 
What else might meet the need?  Make a list of multiple options.
How can you arrange for that to be as available as the food?

At first, it will not seem quite right.  You’ve been using food for a long time, and that’s your standby.  Food is just easy, but it’s not the only option.  Give yourself time and grace to practice making a different choice.

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