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.