Q: How does someone who is an emotional eater get to the root of why he or she is overeating?
JM: Self-exploration is critical. I highly recommend getting into therapy. It has helped me tremendously to improve every aspect of my life. There are low-fee clinics available as well if you are strapped for cash. Other options could be OA [Overeaters Anonymous] meetings, support groups, online communities, journaling, self-help books—anything that gets you thinking and introspective.
BH: The first thing to do is find out what your relationship is with food and, more importantly, what your relationship is with yourself. That is where the real work begins. Watching what triggers you and "sets you off." You have to be able to acknowledge the behavior as opposed to avoiding it and pretending that it doesn't exist. When you are able to make that acknowledgment, that is when you are able to dilute the power that has been there, in this case the power of the food.
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