"Do I need this food, or do I need a hug," I asked myself as a stood looking at the ice cream in the freezer.
You see, I am unable to digest dairy well and it causes inflammation....a little more about the later.
When was the last time you were standing in the kitchen with your hand in the cookie jar? We all have trouble with emotional eating. Whether it is sadness, boredom, or just because you have always eaten it, we all struggle with eating less than optimal food!
But it does not have to be an all or nothing. You can be healthy, maintain a healthy weight, and still have some of the food you love.
Remember it is not all about food!
Growing up you would have never guessed there was anything wrong with me. I played and worked hard, was fit, and quick to figure things out. I was your typical American kid.
I was 24 when my world changed. Suddenly I could not walk across a store without becoming short of breath. My legs hurt all the time and swelled. I went to my primary care doctor who could not find any reason for my symptoms. I went to 3 different doctors and all 3 told me I should see a psychiatrist! They did not believe my symptoms were real!
I saw an Alternative Doctor in Winston Salem NC and he did further testing and told me that I had an autoimmune disease. I remember clear as day as he told me that autoimmune disease was diagnosed by a group of symptoms, and elevated labs. He said most doctors thought there was no cure, but he did. So I trusted him.
He sent me home with a list of things to maximize, minimize and optimize!
Within 3 months all my symptoms were gone.
I wish I could tell you that I lived happily ever after, but I struggled, like most of us, with making the right choices even though I knew what the consequences would be.
You see, I too find myself standing in the kitchen staring into the refrigerator and wondering "I want something to eat, don't know what it is, and hmm I am not hungry."
I struggled with emotional/boredom/"just plain I want it" eating for many years. I have started and stopped so many diets, and exercise programs, that it is too many to count!
What happened? I finally discovered how to kick the New Year's Resolutions, diets, and proposed exercise programs, to the curb and FINALLY create a lifestyle of happiness, health and success!
I love sharing this with my clients and watching their surprise when they realize how simple it really is!
I know, you are thinking I have tried so many things, what makes this different? Will this work for me?
Here is what a few of my clients have said:
“One of Miriam’s most valuable assets is her ability, and willingness, to hear me. She listened to where I was, what lifestyle I was living, and where I wanted to be. Then she guided me on steps to take to meet my health and wellness goals. This helped and encouraged me because she was treating me as an individual! I can’t recommend her enough!” Becky
"Thank you Miriam for helping me kick my emotional eating to the curb! I still have the note on my refrigerator, "Do I need this food, or do I need a hug. Phone a friend." Karen
And the ice cream? I have learned to refrain from dairy and to replace with nut milk ice creams. The Cashew Milk is the best! So, while I cannot have dairy ice cream, I have found something I can eat from time-to-time when I want to "fit in" or just want a treat.
If you, or someone you love, find it difficult to create a lifestyle that will provide you with years of health and happiness, please reach out by clicking the below button. We can get on the phone together, my treat, and see if we would be a good fit for each other.
Wishing you many years of health and happiness,