Meditate Through that Snack Attack
Are you a compulsive eater? Do you find that you head for the fridge when you’re feeling stressed or when you’re sad or lonely? Do you eat your emotions? Compulsive emotional eating is pretty common. From when you’re a little child through adulthood, you’re bombarded with advertisements that equate food with love, comfort, friendship, and camaraderie.
The billboard that shows a couple spoon-feeding each other ice cream isn’t selling you ice cream. It’s selling you the idea that ice cream is love. You want to be in love. You want to be a part of that happy couple.
Eating feels good. It literally fills a void and produces endorphins in your body that make you feel good. However, over-eating and eating junk food will make you gain weight and make you feel worse about yourself. Even as you eat for comfort, you may find that you’re thinking very negative things about yourself. As you take another bite, you say, “I hate myself for this. I’m so fat.”
That self-loathing doesn’t do anything to deter your snack binges. In fact, it has a tendency to make them worse. Instead of thinking negatively about yourself, why not take some time to meditate each day? In that time, you don’t have to think about food and your relationship with it. Just think about your breath and about the blood moving through your veins. Think about the miracle that is your body.
Being more spiritually minded and meditating daily can help you get through those dark moments in your psyche when you want nothing more than to gorge yourself on cookies and ice cream. If you get in the habit of meditating daily, you’ll find that you pay more attention to what your body actually wants. You’ll disconnect emotions from your appetite and eat when you’re hungry instead of when you’re sad.