Mental health impacts so many areas of your life. In the past week I've talked a lot about the importance of mental health in my YouTube videos, but I'd like to expand on that a little bit here.
Growing up, my mother was less than supportive about my weight. There was constant body shaming and comments made about how much I was eating. She put me on my first diet at 5 or 6 years old. It was tough. It has taken me a long time to leave that behind and love myself. However, every once and a while that little voice pops up in the back of my head "you're fat, you're disgusting, no man will ever love you looking like that".
Of course, none of that is true. I'm married to a wonderful man who thinks I'm the best thing ever. I have three children who love me and think I'm beautiful. I have very supportive friends and family who tell me how awesome I am.
The battle to overcome that negative talk has taken many years and I still don't feel like I'm over it some days. But I continue fighting. Positive self-talk and affirmations, counseling and surrounding myself with positive, uplifting people have helped me in my journey.
When dealing with weight loss, if you are having an issue with compulsively over-eating, look at your mental health. Deal with past trauma and learn to have a healthy relationship with food again. Food is fuel, not something to use to numb feelings. Changing your mindset on this will be HUGE and will change your life.
Think about the show "My 600 lb life" (one of my favorites by the way). You'll notice that most of the patients on the show have had some kind of trauma in their life. Often, Dr Nowzardan sends them to seek therapy as part of their participation in their program. This is because Dr. Now is a smart man who understands the connection between mental health and how we view food.
It's a vicious cycle we get into with food. We're overweight and unhappy, so we eat more to comfort ourselves and feel better. But this inevitably leads to more weight gain and feeling bad about ourselves, so we eat more to numb those feelings and the cycle continues..
If you have found yourself struggling with overeating in this scenario, I urge you to go seek help and heal yourself from the inside out. Take care of your mind, take care of your heart, and your body will follow.