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3. Food, why, what and when

Have you ever wondered why you can’t lose weight, or if you do, why you then can’t keep it off?

With all of the diet advice available today you’d think it would be easy!

So why does it feel like it’s getting harder?

How many times do you eat when you are not actually hungry? Bored, upset, angry, celebrating, there are any number of triggers that invite us to reach for food.  Knowing what your triggers are is the first step in gaining control.

On this workshop you will uncover your less than helpful eating patterns and create a personalised action plan for changing those behaviours.

Using fun visual exercises we get you thinking about your attitude to certain foods and by the end of the day you will have a better understanding of why you might struggle to lose weight.

A dysfunctional relationship with food has many consequences, one of which is low self-esteem. Learning why you might be using food to fulfil emotional needs gives you the tools to make lasting behaviour change. As they say…knowledge is power…the more you understand your way of being the more power you have to change.

We’ve all heard the term ‘emotional eater’ but what does it actually mean? On this workshop we learn to differentiate between physical hunger and psychological hunger. It is said that we have seven psychological hungers; contact, sex & passion, recognition, leadership, stimulus, incident and structure and when we use food in an attempt to fulfil these hungers we run the risk of overeating/drinking or becoming socially isolated and depressed.

Once we have recognised where we are using food to meet our psychological hungers we look a little deeper and explore why we might be doing this. Using stroke theory we analyse what we might get in terms of emotional reward or punishment by consuming certain foods to meet these psychological needs gives us greater insight into where the habits came from and what we can do instead.

Psychological Hunger

Just like you need food and water to survive physically and be healthy, you need to fulfil the Seven Psychological Hungers in order to feel emotionally satisfied and healthy.  These Hungers are your most important psychological needs. Physical and mental health depends on having these needs met. Your Central Nervous System must have these satisfied to "survive” emotionally or you will feel depressed, and may even develop a physical illness. Also, you may feel desperate, inadequate, have low self-esteem, and generally feel not OK. It is a feeling of emotional starvation.

'Stroke Theory'

'Strokes' are the recognition, attention or responsiveness that one person gives another. Strokes can be positive (compliments or praise) or negative (insults and abuse). A key idea is that people hunger for recognition, and that lacking positive strokes, will seek whatever kind of recognition they can get, even if it is recognition of a negative kind.

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