Easy Way to Overcome Compulsive Stress Eating.

Imagine that you have a tendency to eat an extra dessert or snack after dinner, or to eat dessert and snacks more often than you should. 

In this situation a lot of us would decide, "Oh, I'm not going to eat dessert anymore." That stringent commitment may last a couple of days, or, if we're really strong, a couple of weeks, and then we're back eating desserts again--maybe even more than before.

Another Way to Overcome Compulsive Stress Eating

Here is another way to approach the dilemma when you're interested in having a dessert. 

Rather than saying, "I'm never going to do it again," make a pact with yourself: "Look. You can have it if you want it, but release first." 

The reason to release first is that all habit patterns are locked in by patterns of feeling. Certain feelings come up in our awareness, and the way we compensate for them is by taking a particular action, such as overeating. So when you release, you let go of the underlying cause or motivation for that particular habit.

To go back to our example, let's say you're interested in having a piece of pie. If you tell yourself you can't have it, you just get into a push-pull situation. You miss it, and then obsess over your missed piece of pie. 

You feel deprived. You do the boy-would-a-piece-of-pie-taste-good mantra, holding your desire in mind--and this merely builds up inner pressure. Then you end up having the pie anyway, or two days later you break down and eat two pieces of pie instead of the original one.

But if you first release whatever feeling is making you feel like you need to eat the pie, and then you let yourself have it if you still want it, it's easier. This creates the space to get into releasing around the habit, and you'll soon notice the habit drop away.

Rather than trying to fix or change your habit, make a pact with yourself that the next time you want to reach for a dessert, a snack or a food that is not part of your dietary regimen, you can, if you still want to after you release. You will notice that the habit will fall away gradually, or very quickly. 

So, experiment with it on your own, and you'll see that it's a very effective way of achieving or maintaining your ideal weight. 

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