Heal Emotional Eating With Energy
Feb 29, 2016 09:54AM
by Lizette AyalaEmotional eating, or binge-eating and eating disorders, isn’t about lacking self-control, having ADHD or being mindless about food and dietary needs. It’s about being lost in successive tidal waves of anxiety—a physical sensation with many ingredients. For the emotional eater, there is a constant feeling of being on edge—high up on a tightrope with flip-flops—while attempting to appear to be cool and collected.
Day in and day out, the emotional eater has only food to help with the climb down to serenity and a sense of self-control, but this only lasts but a few hours, at most. The pullback up that tightrope is too strong to resist and often too scary to try. The familiar is always safer than the unfamiliar, however promising it may seem.
Energy healing has been shown to help those on an emotional eating roller coaster and has helped countless patients stop this unhealthy and disempowering pattern of behavior.
It is important to learn that “it’s not about food” in that the emotional eater can sometimes binge on healthful foods. Vegans, paleos, vegetarians and “clean-dieters”—seemingly healthy-looking people—can lose control around food in panic-ridden binge episodes much like one might see in competitive eating contests. The pressure of being in this world can be too much to bear. Food—any food—will do for the emotional eater as the roots of anxiety are where they need to go to heal, but the constant ups and downs fail to show them the way inward. This is where energy healing comes in.
Energy healing works on the physiological level, through the sensory system. With a practitioner, energy is moved from the body with focused attention, using the voice and hands. Caroline Baerten of the Center for Mindful Eating states, “Anxiety is a more complex feeling, with elements of fear, worry and uneasiness, and is often accompanied by restlessness and muscular tension.” The emotional eater wants to quell that physical dis-ease with food, and does so successfully—that is, until the next meal. Energy healing replaces the body’s misperceived need for food while easing physical tension and eliminating deprivation.
Using food to sate anxiety is a sign of inner turmoil with roots of unresolved trauma, adopted fears and learned behaviors. It’s often hard to pinpoint the exact cause of emotional eating but it’s also not necessary to do so in order to heal from it.
At the core of all healing is self-awareness, which is one of the tenets of energy-work. Through coaching, the emotional eater learns how to create space between thought and action, and successfully uses mindful strategies to avoid future binge episodes. The result is more than just stopping emotional eating, it’s about discovering parts of oneself that have been dormant (sometimes since childhood). Feeling disempowered around food and food-related events becomes a thing of the past once food is replaced with experiences of safety, security and harmony. Of course, every person is different and the amount of sessions will vary from person to person.
Energy healing, a self-awareness and mindfulness tool, is being adopted by hospitals and medical practices across the country, thanks to professionals like Bruce Lipton, author of Biology Of Belief and Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps The Score, who has studied yoga and self-awareness for recovery. Van der Kolk writes, “Simply noticing our annoyance, nervousness or anxiety immediately helps us shift our perspective and opens up new options other than our automatic, habitual reactions.”
Emotional eaters know it’s simply not so simple to change food behavior. For many, there is a need for a stronger pull away from that tightrope—one that doesn’t involve prescription drugs, talk therapy or invasive measures. Energy healing fulfills that need by teaching them how to use their innate skill for creativity, self-control and serenity.
Lizette Ayala specializes in helping people transform chronic stress and unhealthy habits to self-empowerment and a better quality of life. She practices at Rose Wellness Center in Oakton, VA. Lizette is a certified Well-Being Life Coach, Advanced ThetaHealer and Registered Yoga Teacher (500RYT). For more information, visit RoseWellness.com.