Food Addiction Part II: Knowing When to Lick Our Wounds


A continuation of the article Food Addiction Part I: Is It All Just a Delay Tactic?

This all goes back to taking your needs seriously. If you are turning to food, it is my belief that somewhere there is an emotional or physical or spiritual need that is not being heard or that is somehow being ignored.

I heard something a few weeks ago from one of my favorite teachers, spiritual author and thought-leader Caroline Myss. She said that every animal species intuitively knows exactly what it needs to do when in need of healing, e.g., a lion retreating into the cave to clean its wounds, a dog eating grass for gastrointestinal relief, whatever is called for.

And those animals hear and follow their intuitive whisperings, because their survival depends upon it. As does ours.

And yet, she pointed out, we are the only animal species that gets the guidance on what we need to do to heal ourselves and ignores it.

I don’t believe it’s that we don’t hear it. I don’t believe it’s about purely ignoring it. I believe that we override our guidance and innate wisdom… those survival instincts that come to us very simply in any give moment.

We say things like:

“I can handle this.”

“Just let me get through this and then I will deal with that.”

“It’s not too much, I can do it.”

We do too much, we give too much… as we allow ourselves to become increasingly drained or overwhelmed, as we get closer to running on empty. As we force ourselves to keep going.

Has addressing your needs differently helped you to stop turning to food?

Green Mountain will be holding the workshop “Why Can’t I Stop Overeating: Breaking Through Food Addiction” from December 5-8, 2014.

2 responses to “Food Addiction Part II: Knowing When to Lick Our Wounds”

  1. Harriet Krivit says:

    Hi Lisa and thank you for this subject. “Ignore”? Sounds conscious to me. I have read and heard recently that our *subconscious mind guides or rules most of what we do. Speaking for myself as always, I’m glad you mentioned “physical” as well as “emotional”…(“spiritual” means many things to folks so I’ll put my long definition for me aside for now). Who wants to hear *that? To be in control as to what’s sensible re: taking care of ourselves as best we can…ah, the very commendable holy grail. If in puberty I experienced an immediate resolution re: extreme anxiety by eating food and I never ate again…so what? There are many experiences that could become deeply habitual but I can live without ALL…and when faced (or understood with therapy etc.) can be consciously managed or even laid to rest. (which I have done).I think many folks can successfully apply the “intuitive” and “mindful eating” approaches re: eating food.Their experiences that had them turning to specific or just food in general are as varied as their DNA. This is true for me out of my home. Still I found something that worked for me in my home…just unavailable right now. I must connect with another food struggler at those moments…and this requires many women taking part 24/7, for our lives and time constraints are varied. Works both ways. I know this from the disbanded (TV) Rosie’s Chub Club. Hundreds of women…fantastic. Listening, responding, non-judgemental..just relating their dynamic re: food etc. When in physical pain how important for someone to hear and believe you and care. Not different.

    • Lisa C. Briggs says:

      Harriet- I agree with you, of course, that support and connection with others facing similar challenges is a powerful ingredient. Glad that you are staying connected here via the blog and am passing along your comments. Wishing you every blessing…

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