Is it hard for you to relax? Do you keep yourself busy doing ten things at once and always thinking about your next project? If so, maybe you're using food to distract from uncomfortable thoughts and emotions. Maybe eating gives you something to do.
In this episode, Dr. Nina illustrates the difference between “doing” and “being” and how that relates to dieting. She explains that multi-tasking and staying busy diverts attention from difficult ideas or emotions.
People who can’t slow down and relax are more likely to turn to food for comfort or to distract from anxiety, boredom, and other states of mind.
Dr. Nina says, “The key to change is allowing yourself to be a human being, not a human doing. When you can “be” with yourself and process any feelings or conflicts you might experience when you’re in that place of “being” you’re less likely to use food as a distraction.”
She offers strategies to stop the cycle of doing and dieting, reminding listeners to appreciate who they are, instead of focusing on what they have accomplished. When people feel good about themselves and can experience a range of thoughts and emotions, they will have won a major battle in the diet war.
Listen to the full episode for more on this topic!