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  • Writer's pictureNatalia. Integrative and Functional Medicine Nutritionist

Exploring Your Emotional Relationship with Food

Updated: Feb 6

Do you continuously feel out of control around food? This is a problem that affects many people - specially women - and it often leads to a constant sense of shame, guilt, and self-loathing

The main issue usually comes to one thing: OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD. There is just no way around it!

To achieve a holistic internal balance:

👉 We need to understand the nutritional value of food,

👉 Know of our emotional and physical hunger triggers,

👉 Have awareness of why and when we eat,

👉 Acknowledge how beliefs and stories impact eating.

I know that many of my clients fear that they will never be able to overcome their binge-eating and live a healthy and happy life. They fear being judged or stigmatized by others for their struggles with food and body image. Many feel they'll never achieved a healthy weight and peace with food.

If this resonates with you, I want you to know that you are not alone and that there are tools and science-back strategies that can help you to overcome this issues! This struggle is nothing to be ashamed of. It all comes to coping strategies we learn when we were little and lack of awareness of the solutions available.

Here are a couple of tips I use everyday in my practice:

✅ One of the main tools I use to help people to overcome this struggle is Mindfulness-Based Eating, a science-backed technique that has proven to be very effective in the treatment of binge-eating disorders, relentless food cravings, over-eating, and the resulting feelings of shame, distress and guilt.

Another strategy is to re-balance our gut. Binge and overeating usually feeds certain bacteria in our guts that easily overcome the rest of the microbiome and take over. This results in 'harmful' bacteria sending signals to the brain prompting it to eat sugary foods. These craves are usually overwhelming and relentless, and the only solution is to regain the gut's balance.

✅ Let's not forget another of the most important tools in any nutritional program: Stress management! Chronic stress means our body is constantly secreting hormones that take the whole hormonal and digestive systems off-balance.

These are some of the many strategies and techniques that can help you break free from the struggle of binge-eating. Don't settle to live in an endless cycle of guilt, shame, and self-loathing. You deserve better than that!

In my professional experience, I can tell you that everybody is capable of learning how to cope and overcome with these emotions and urges.I know because I have not only seen it myself but I was once where you are! After years of struggling with an eating disorder and binge-eating, I took action and started my journey towards a better, happier, and healthier me.

You are not alone. With the right support and guidance, you too can overcome this and change your life for good. Each day is a new opportunity to take control and to make progress towards your goals. I know you're ready to start living your life to the fullest, and become the best version of yourself.

I'm here to help you make this intention, a reality. Schedule your free Discovery Call now and take charge of your health.

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