Overeaters, There Is Hope

By Darla Breckenridge
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Hope and Overeating | Simple changes to stop overeatingOvereaters, there is hope.

There is hope to change your out of control feelings around food.

There is hope to move again.

There is hope to stop hating your body.

There is some hopeful new research by Boehm JK, Kubzansy LD at Harvard School of Public Health that links positive psychological well-being with a decrease in cardiovascular disease. He reports, optimism is most robustly associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular events.

This means that the more we experience hope, the more we can find meaning in our lives and the more we reduce our stress, the better it is  for our heart health and our head health.

So, how do we find hope and optimism?

Aristotle says, “hope is a waking dream,”  but sometimes dreams and purpose are hard to connect with when you feel hopeless about weight and your body.

Reframe this idea of “what is my purpose” to “what really matters me.” Thinking of finding a purpose can overwhelm you and lead to more discouragement. “What matters” can help you move into the moment instead of focusing on the future.

Fill in this blank

It matters to me that ___________________________.

It matters to me that I walk in the morning.

It matters to me that I have time snuggling with my dog each day.

It matters to me that I really enjoy the food I am eating.

It matters to me that I hug my kids each day and look into their eyes.

As we start coming through for ourselves on the small things that matter we experience hope, connection and the belief that we affect our own world.

What matters to you?  What helps you feel that you can make a difference for you or someone else?

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4 Responses (Add Yours)

  • Douglas says:

    It matters to me that I feel good when I wake up in the morning

    Thanks for this post

    • Darla says:

      Douglas, I totally agree. When I think about what can help me feel good in the morning, I think about sleep and the food I eat the night before and the air I breath…deeply and frequently. Thanks for your comment. Darla

  • Lees says:

    It matters to me that I am fit and healthy.

    Our minds can overcome anything, so if we work on our minds and how we think, then the rest will take care of itself. It is just as easy to think positively as it is to think negatively :)

    • Darla says:

      Lees, I frequently say to myself…”I am the only one who thinks in my mind” and this prompts me to remember that I have a choice about what I focus on. Thank you for your comment. Darla

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