I used to have this thing with granola.
A seemingly healthy food, but when I would eat it… I would hear this scrappy, overwhelming voice in my head that would say, "Eat more! Have another bowl!"
This voice was so overpowering I would then enter this zombie-like state finishing an entire bag in just a matter of minutes. I was out of control.
I tried to make myself feel better by saying, “Oh, but it’s just granola. It’s healthy! No big deal.” Or, “We’ll just work this off at the gym tomorrow.” But this overwhelming voice was always in my head.
I was constantly thinking about food.
I desperately searched for answers. Eating as clean as possible, working out every day, 2x a day... but no meal plan or portion control techniques saved me. Even though I was burning 1400 calories a day, I continued to gain weight... putting on 35 pounds in just a matter of months.
Exercise couldn’t erase what I was doing with food. So I tried therapy.
I spent over 932 hours talking about my feelings on the therapy couch. But every time I went home, my compulsions with food were still there. Plus, the therapists I saw strongly encouraged anti-depressants.
I was already numbing myself with food. I didn't want to continue to be numb with medication.
And things with food were only getting worse.
My last option was Overeaters Anonymous. It never resonated with me. I come from an Italian family with a loooong history of alcoholism I just could never bring myself to go to a meeting. It all felt too triggering.
I was still out of control with food. And now, out of options.
On top of that, I felt dead inside... Like my soul had left my body. A shell of a human being. And really fearing all of this would only get worse as I got older and more responsibilities piled on my plate.
That’s when I discovered 3 things that changed my life.
I discovered that what I was doing with food had a name! It was called emotional eating!
I discovered that I was taking all of my stress, anxiety, fears and worries and shoving them down and putting food on top of them.
And most of all in order to escape my emotional eating, I had to heal the deep roots of it. Anything less wasn't gonna work.
I created the proven healing process called Escape From Emotional Eating®.
At first, I created this system for myself as a way to heal my relationship with food. It's built on over a decade of research and a lifetime of investigating every nook and cranny of my own experience with food. Now this path is what I teach my clients. And because of that my relationship with food (and my life) now are drastically different.
Food is fuel to me, a nourishing asset to my life.
I can keep food I love in the house without over doing it.
I no longer have to exerciseto erase what I eat.
Instead, I move my body in ways that I really love, like walking or dancing. When I wake up in the morning I feel calm, present, grounded, ready for the day, excited with possibility. Now, all that energy that was once tangled up in the self-destructive cycle with food is channeled into the other areas of my life. I feel alive again.
What really shocks me still to this day, having healed my emotional eating, is how much inner peace I have.
No matter how crazy or chaotic life gets. Honestly, life still throws me some hefty curve balls!
I'm not reaching for food.
I am finally free.
I remember once feeling like I would NEVER be free from my emotional eating. But now I am. I just had to do things differently. That’s why I’m deeply dedicated to supporting as many people as possible to Escape From Emotional Eating through all my levels of support like my free newsletter and workshops, my retreats called the ESCAPE, all the way to my year-long coaching programs!