Let’s take a moment to talk about something that many of us struggle with: weight loss. It’s no secret that a lot of people, including myself, have tried shedding those extra pounds more than once without much success.
Our relationship with food can be complex, and often, we aren’t even consciously aware of it. After all, eating is an undeniable necessity of life. What complicates matters is that food is everywhere, and it serves many purposes. It can soothe us, comfort us, cheer us up, or even help us avoid difficult emotions. Food plays a central role in celebrations, rewards, and expressions of love. On the flip side, it can also be used to express displeasure or control.
Now, before we dive in, let’s clarify something: seeking help from a therapist or counselor is nothing to be ashamed of. We all need support from time to time, and this is a judgment-free zone to get that help.
It’s important to distinguish between disordered eating and an eating disorder. If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, it’s better to acknowledge it and seek assistance. But for those of us dealing with challenges in our relationship with food and eating that don’t constitute an eating disorder, therapy can be immensely beneficial.
How can therapy help?
Therapy can help us identify the triggers behind overeating or disordered eating. Do you find yourself eating out of boredom, stress, sadness, or social anxiety? Is food a shield you use to distance yourself from uncomfortable situations? Do certain emotions lead to specific food cravings? Exploring these influences and patterns can reveal the underlying causes of our eating habits, and a therapist can then guide us toward healthier coping mechanisms.
Our behavioral patterns play a significant role in where we find ourselves today. Changing those patterns is key to breaking free from the cycle. Do you have irregular eating or sleep schedules? Are you trapped in the belief that you can’t be happy or successful until you lose weight? A therapist, especially one trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), can help us shift our mindset, find happiness in the present, and work towards our goals with newfound confidence.
Choosing a therapist
When it comes to choosing a therapist, it’s perfectly acceptable to meet with multiple professionals before making a decision. Finding the right fit is crucial. You want someone who will challenge and guide you toward progress, but also someone you feel comfortable with and can trust.
Remember, seeking help doesn’t mean you’re weak or flawed. It’s a brave step towards understanding yourself better and achieving your weight loss goals. Therapy can be a valuable tool in unraveling the complexities of our relationship with food, leading us to healthier habits and a happier life. So, if you’ve been struggling, don’t hesitate to explore the possibility of therapy. You deserve all the support and guidance you need to succeed.