“Food is an appropriate response to hunger. It’s not an appropriate response to a feeling.”
You should eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full. If you find that you consistently eat outside these parameters you need to ask yourself why. Our behavior coaches are licensed professionals with extensive training related to people who have an emotional relationship with food. One of the biggest reasons people lose weight and fail to keep it off is that they never dealt with the root cause of their overeating. Oftentimes it’s much more complex than just loving the taste of food and having little willpower.
Our Behavior Coaching program aims to help you pinpoint the foundation for your behaviors. We begin by helping you find out what it is that is holding you back. That’s a very broad question which has many answers depending upon setting, circumstances, and stimuli. But if we can help you take control of how you think and respond to various situations, then—through a series of many small choices—you can successfully change your life.
After conducting an initial assessment, our behavior coaches will draft a plan for changing your behavior. In private meetings, they will meet with you to discuss your progress and set goals. You will be able to take advantage of ongoing support from group meetings and sponsored seminars. Our coaches not only offer guidance, but involve members in becoming accountable to their goals and monitoring their motivation. As you integrate better behaviors into your life, you will find yourself making smarter choices, feeling healthier, and regaining control. Return to happiness and become empowered with Lifexcel Carolina’s Behavior Coaching.
What exactly is emotional eating?
Emotional eating is the habit of eating or not eating in response to an emotional trigger, rather than eating only when hungry or for pleasure. Emotional eaters feel at the mercy of the pantry; they feel out of control of their eating habits. Not all emotional eaters are overweight; in fact some emotional eaters respond to certain cues by not eating. Likewise, not all emotional triggers are negative emotions. Some emotional eaters respond to positive emotions with the desire to celebrate through overeating or not eating at all. Emotional eating is considered an unhealthy habit since it can lead to obesity or malnutrition, depending on the severity of the habit and the specific relationship of food to emotions.
What are some signs of emotional eating?
• Overeating or refusing to eat in response to stress, boredom, grief or unhappiness
• Grazing throughout the day on unhealthy kinds of foods or unhealthy amounts of food when you experience a particular emotion
• Craving a particular food in reaction to a specific event or mood
• Eating until you are overly full when celebrating
• Rewarding yourself with food when you are tired or overstressed
• Eating constantly when you are anxious
Why do some people overeat and some people starve themselves in response to the same emotional triggers?
How you respond to emotional issues is an individual as your preferences and likes and dislikes. Every person is emotionally unique, and your ways of coping with stress, discomfort, pain, loss, joy and accomplishment is different than every other person. When your responses to emotions lead to unhealthy eating habits, you need to find ways to reform your coping strategies.
Some ideal member profiles for behavior coaching:
• A teenager obsessed with counting calories.
• A man who uses food to help him get through stressful times.
• A woman obsessed with exercising to stay thin.
• A woman who overeats often and wants to stop, but feels powerless to do so.
• A woman who feels tormented by her eating habits.
• A man who consistently eats too much despite knowing the dire consequences.
Behavior Coaching is often covered under your mental health insurance benefits. We are happy to check your benefits and file insurance claims as a courtesy to you. If you do not have coverage, we offer affordable hourly rates.
If you are ready to get started simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will contact you.