Monday, August 26, 2013
Do you know what you are feeling? I have trouble identifying that. I did not know I had this problem identifying emotions until I began reading a couple of books on emotions and eating.
Both books describe that if we do not allow ourselves to feel our feelings, we could end up eating our feelings. Maybe that is why I eat when I’m not hungry. I chalk it up to old habits. The books describe that often we use food as a coping mechanism to drown out emotions or to sooth them.
There are exercises in the books to help the reader tune into their emotions. I’m having trouble. I can tell that I’m upset sometimes, but identifying if it is anger, or fear, or something else is tough for me.
I don’t know how long I’ve had trouble relating to my emotions. I think I’ve tuned out of emotions because I’ve believed that they are not very useful. They only distract from getting on with it. Also only “weak” people display emotions. Further it is selfish to indulge in emotions as no one wants to hear it.
Reading these books are what I’ll be doing for the next few weeks..until I finish reading or until the books are due back at the library.
“End emotional eating : using dialectical behavior therapy skills to cope with difficult emotions and develop a healthy relationship to food” by Taitz, Jennifer L.
“Stop eating your heart out : the 21-day program to free yourself from emotional eating” by Beck, Meryl Hershey