Overeating: A Tale and the truth

About half of my clients come to me because they want to lose weight. They have lots of thoughts about why they can’t lose it and keep it off.  I did too. We tell lots of tales about overeating, and today I want to share a tale I hear all the time and the truth.

One tale I hear and have told myself is the tale,

“There is something wrong with me.”

If you are like me, you have the intention to stay away from the sweets and desserts, and the next thing you know, you are stuffing ice cream down your throat.

It’s like something took over your body.

Then we feel defeated and disappointed, and we tell ourselves things like, “I can’t believe I did that,” “What is wrong with me,” “You have no control,” “You will never be successful,” “It’s hopeless.”

Here’s the truth. You have a normal human brain.

It’s doing exactly what it is made to do.

You’re not doing it wrong. You don’t need to switch diets or quit.

You’re not unworthy, not enough, or less than.

Our brains just get mixed up when it comes to food.

You’ve been feeding yourself highly concentrated foods, specifically sugar and flour. These foods not only taste really good, but these highly concentrated foods release lots of dopamine- a feel-good chemical in our body.

Dopamine is a reward we get when we eat, especially eating concentrated foods. When we eat these foods and get the reward, it teaches us that we can feel better by eating and then we want to eat more.

The more we reward it by eating, the stronger the desire becomes, and the more concentrated foods we need to eat for the same amount of pleasure. It’s the same experience a drug addict has.

We are literally wired for pleasure, and our brains know food brings us pleasure through that dopamine we get when we eat.

Your brain believes dopamine from food = pleasure, and survival.

We think that food has control over us.

We tell the tale that something is wrong with.

We start telling lots of tales and forget the truth.

The truth is there is nothing wrong with you. It’s not hopeless. You’re not short on willpower. You’re not weak. You’re not less than anybody else.

You just have a brain and a body that functions exactly as it was meant too.

So repeat after me, there is nothing wrong with me. I have a normal body and brain. I just have to learn to work with them.

Working with your body and brain to take back control of food is what I teach in my Stop Overeating Program. If you want to get the control back, stop eating for pleasure, and sabotaging yourself. If you want to lose 6 pounds in the next four weeks and learn the tools that will help you keep going and keep it off, sign up here for a 20-minute call with me.

I’ll show you why you are stuck and how to get the results you want and if you want even more support I’ll tell you about how my 6-week program works. Spots are limited, so don’t wait click here.

Here’s what one client had to say:

With major changes in my life, I began emotional eating and put on a lot of weight. Have been working to lose it for the last 3 years. Tried everything in the book, all types of exercises, diets, but the weight just kept coming back.

 I had six sessions with Janelle, she helped me understand my relationship with food, confronted my deep rooted beliefs. It was so surprising to realize how unconsciously such thoughts had become a part of me! She’s knowledgeable and patient.

Encouraged me to believe in myself and to achieve my goals. After the sessions, her methods and techniques have helped me gain a better understanding of my relationship with food and am losing weight. I am glad that i am able to trust myself with food, and use it as a fuel, not a get away from my emotions. ~Zeba

Want to learn more tales and truths around overeating?

Check out my Podcast Overeating: 4 Tales and the Truth