Yesterday, I attended an amazing behavioral modification class at the bariatric center. The topic was Self-Soothing, and I know many of you who suffer from food addictions, emotional eating, or just general stress in your life, will be interested in tips and techniques to combat stress, as well as the desire to eat when you’re not really hungry.
Food provides a series of sensory experiences. We hear it sizzling, bubbling, or simmering on the stove and smell it’s tempting aroma as it’s prepared. We see its glorious shapes and colors and taste its sweet, sour, salty, bitter, or savory flavors. We experience its consistency and texture as we move it in our mouths. Temporarily, it fills a need. Momentarily its a panacea that soothes out anxiety or makes us forget something in our lives that’s missing. Then, like most fleeting fixes, it leaves us guilt-ridden and hungry for more. Because of the sensory nature of food, replacing it with another pleasurable sensory experience as a remedy for cravings when you’re full or when your daily nutritional needs have been met, is often very effective.
Over the next two months, I’m going to offer a series of well-researched posts each Friday that I’ll call Friday Fixes. These posts will focus on sensory techniques to combat overeating, as well as mindful eating techniques and general stress busters. As always, I welcome your topic ideas, suggestions, or feedback!
******Next week’s topic will be Self-Soothing through Visual Sensory Input.******
Disclaimer (as I have no desire to incite trouble 🙂 ): I am not an expert on behavioral modification or weight loss. However, as a licensed teacher and public relations specialist, I am research savvy and able to provide information from reliable, scholarly sources.