This week our guest is Julie Simon, author of, ”The Emotional Eater’s Repair Manual: A Practical Mind-Body-Spirit Guide for Putting an End to Overeating. In it she states that most overeaters are emotional eaters who eat for comfort, soothing, distraction, and fulfillment rather than when they are truly physiologically hungry.
“The truth is, if you regularly eat when you’re not hungry or when you’re already full, or if you regularly choose to eat unhealthy comfort foods, the bulk of your overeating occurs not just because you love food and enjoy eating or have a stressful schedule. And it’s not because you’re lazy and undisciplined, have bad genes, or lack willpower,” writes Simon. “Your emotional eating represents your limited ability to care for yourself. It’s a sign that you’re lacking self-care skills that are generally learned in childhood. Emotional eating highlights your difficulty in connecting to yourself; in paying attention to your mind, body, and spirit signals; and in responding appropriately to meet your needs.”
According to Simon, diet books and programs don’t address these tendencies and instead apply external solutions to internal problems. Simon spent a good portion of her life in a cycle of overeating and dieting. After years of study, therapy, and visits to healthcare practitioners, she was able to resolve all the pieces of the overeating puzzle in her own life. As a therapist and coach, she created the solutions she outlines in her book, which is based on her popular Twelve Week Emotional Eating Recovery Program. Now, like her clients, readers of The Emotional Eater’s Repair Manual can learn to soothe and comfort themselves without turning to food, correct body and brain imbalances that trigger overeating and address their soul’s hunger — to not only reach their ideal weight but also to become their best selves.