"I eat my feelings, I just can't help myself. I come home after a long stressful shift and I work nights sometimes so I often skip meals. I'm just so tired and stressed when I come home but I know that crisps, chocolate and wine are waiting for me. In the moment I feel better.. but the guilt kicks in afterwards."
Does this sound like you?
Many people struggle with emotional eating or 'comfort eating' and use food as a self-soothing mechanism for strong emotions.
The difficulty with emotional eating, is that our society shames people for comfort eating, and then pushes them towards dieting or restricting food in an attempt to curb food intake or counter-act emotional eating.
This approach actually exacerbates it and often leads to further eating problems (like binge eating disorder, for example).
The approach we take in this course (and the exact approach I use with my coaching clients) is to first increase your emotional awareness through mindfulness and meditation and then help you understand the purpose of even the most negative emotions you feel.
We then look at how to build alternative coping strategies to meet your emotional needs and finish off by setting life goals instead of weight-based goals.
In taking this approach, you will no longer feel shamed for comfort eating, or destroy your relationship with food further by dieting. Instead you will feel free of food anxiety, empowered to meet your emotional needs and able to take control of your life path.
After taking this course, you will:
Understand what is meant by 'Emotional Eating'
Understand the difference between Binge Eating Disorder and emotional eating.
Be able to recognise emotional hunger and tell it apart from physical hunger
Recognise how emotional eating is benefiting you (yep, really). In this lesson, we look at what you're getting from emotional eating, so that we know specifically what it is we need to seek from other sources, in order to overcome emotional eating.
Understanding your emotions, the purpose of them and the symptoms of them to help you label what you're really feeling.
Recognise the full spectrum of emotions you may be feeling in a situation - this will help increase your emotional awareness.
Recognise your beliefs about emotions - this lesson and exercise will help explain why you're trying to avoid or distract yourself from particular emotions and help you view your emotions differently so that you're not afraid to feel them.
Notice your emotions and triggers - in this exercise, we'll practice noticing the emotions and actions you take in an emotive situation. We'll then reflect on how to interpret and respond to the event differently in the future.
Develop a basic plan of self-care and understand why it's so important for your emotional health
Develop coping strategies for difficult emotions - this is where we put in place alternatives to emotional eating.
Be able to carry out a holistic life assessment. In this lesson, we'll look at the different areas of your life to see where you may be lacking in satisfaction and pleasure (causing you to rely heavily on food as a source of pleasure).
Have drawn up action plans for the other areas of your life. This is a huge step, but it'll encourage you to take massive action towards improving your life overall and getting as much satisfaction and pleasure from your life as possible (without having to resort to food).
Included in the course:
Access to the community support group on Facebook - where you can ask me questions at any time.
12 Video lessons, including practical exercises based on CBT. These are kept short and to the point so that you can easily fit it into a busy life and take action straight away.
3 PDF workbooks for you to download and work through, containing all the worksheets and cheat sheets you'll need
Understanding Your Emotions
Meet Your Emotional EAting Coach
Karen Oliver, BA, MA is the Founder of Beyond The Bathroom Scale ® and the Programme Director of The Health Mindset Programme™. She also regularly writes for Huff Post.
A former Social Worker, Karen comes from an academic background of Psychology and Sociology. She holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology, specialising in health and society and a Masters degree in Social Work. She has trained in Counselling skills and Psychotherapy-based approaches such as CBT, DBT and Motivational Interviewing, and is currently studying towards a Diploma in Professional Nutrition.
When she's not working or studying, she can be found either running after a very active toddler, watching Netflix with her husband, painting with a glass of wine in hand, or in the gym, where her passions are weight lifting, swimming and yoga.
She is also a carer for her father, who has been diagnosed with Vascular Dementia and her mother, who struggles with her mental health and suffers with Anorexia Nervosa.
Karen has successfully reversed hypertension and pre-diabetes and overcame her childhood and teenage eating disorders. She credits a huge change in mindset for being able to do this, which was her inspiration for The Health Mindset Programme™.
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts as soon as you enrol and has no deadline or end date. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with the course, please contact me in the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund.
Is this course a diet & fitness plan?
No, come on, you know me better than that! This programme is focusing entirely on improving your mindset and healing your relationship with food, exercise and your body. There are no meal plans or workout provided. We do not focus on weight management at all as this is counter-productive for improving our relationship with food.
I’m already a member of The Health Mindset Programme, do I need to buy this course too?
Nope, this course is based on the Emotional Eating module already included with your access to The Health Mindset Programme at no additional cost. If you’ve already purchased access to THMP, you can access it via your THMP student log-in.
Is there anyone this course is not suitable for?
Yes. This programme is not suitable for anyone with an active eating disorder, as I am unable to provide the intensive individual support and medical expertise required. Please refer to the disclaimer at the bottom of this page for more information.
By enrolling on this course you acknowledge and agree to the following.
This course is not appropriate for people with active eating disorders; if you are suffering from an eating disorder, or have suffered from one in the past please seek professional advice from your GP instead.
Although this course is intended to help heal your relationship with food and eating, for some it may be triggering for anyone who has a underlying eating disorder.
If at any point in the course you suspect you have the symptoms of an eating disorder, you must seek the appropriate care immediately. Eating disorders must be treated by suitably qualified individuals such as general practitioners, registered psychotherapists, or a registered dietitian who specialises in eating disorders.
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Not a substitute for professional advice
I am not a registered counselor, dietitian, personal trainer or any other kind of health professional and do not hold myself out to be. The information contained in this Website is not intended to be a substitute for health or wellbeing advice that can be provided by your own GP or health an wellbeing practitioner. The advice found on this Website should be treated as a suggestion, based on my own personal experience of what works for me, rather than from medical training. This programme is not a substitute for seeking professional help with eating disorders or other mental health issues.
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