By Michelle May, M.D.
Angela recently shared this amazing insight and I asked her permission to share it with you. I hope it will help you see your eating from an entirely different perspective!
I’ve noticed that sometimes when I am feeling resentful about something, I reach for food as a sort of compensation for having had to put up with the source of the resentment.
Once I realized this particular trigger, it struck me as totally absurd! If someone offered me food under those terms, I would NEVER accept it. Just imagine someone saying, "Listen, I've decided to treat you unfairly on this issue, but I'm happy to buy off your bad feelings with this plate of goodies." I can think of several impolite responses that I might choose…but there's no way I’d accept food in return for being taken advantage of! I would be offended that someone would even make such an offer. And yet, that's precisely what I'm doing each time I feel resentment and reach for food to soothe myself.
Now that I realize what I am really doing, I’m going to be more careful to avoid such situations and when necessary, assert my right to fair treatment. I know that I have better coping skills than eating, if I just remember to use them.
The next time you find yourself reaching for food to soothe a hurt, an insult, or an injustice, ask yourself, if this person offered me food to make up for it, would I take it?
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Michelle May, M.D.