Have you ever downed an entire package of chips, crackers, popcorn, or cookies? Ate pizza or ice cream until you felt sick? Drank more coffee or wine than your body wanted?

Do you remember how you were feeling at the time?

I ask because sometimes we overeat to help distract us from uncomfortable emotions. Think about it – have you noticed that sometimes when you overeat you’re not hungry at all?  What feeling was linked to it? Were you stressed? Uncomfortable? Or angry? Sad? Resentful? Frustrated? Anxious? Or maybe something else?

So what hurt or emotion are YOU holding on to?

Tap Into the Power of Forgiveness

Wouldn’t it be more effective to address uncomfortable feelings? The best, most thorough, and most divinely perfect way to do that is forgiveness.

The essence of forgiveness embodies love, care, and compassion.  It is the ultimate form of self care.  Forgiving is not typically easy, even for the most enlightened among us. Many don’t even realize that “forgiveness research” exists.  Forgiveness has mainly been associated with less stress. If you’ve been allowing your present health to be controlled by emotions or past hurts, I urge you to commit to forgiving. The following steps may help:

  • Talk to a sympathetic friend or family member about your desire to forgive. Chatting with others and hearing our own voice is tremendously comforting and healing.

  • Write a letter to the person or situation you’d like to forgive. You may even write a letter to yourself.  You can decide whether or not to send the letter, bury it in soil to turn it into compost, or safely burn it.

  • See the situation from the other person’s perspective – your own perspective may change.

  • Don’t forget to forgive and be gentle with yourself. Sometimes we can be harshest with ourselves.

  • Understand that you are responsible for your own attitude. Don’t let holding a grudge keep you from feeling free, open, and powerful in your own life.

The coolest thing about this? There are no boundaries with forgiveness! Forgive and watch how much easier your relationship with eating becomes.

“In order to heal, we must forgive…and sometimes the person we need to forgive is ourselves.”

-Mila Bron

Katie Abbott, MS, RDN, INHC

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