If you’re using Plexus Slim faithfully, but your eating is still out of control, you’re probably struggling with emotional eating. If you know the basics about how Plexus Slim works, then you know that its primary function is to help level out blood glucose, which brings sugar fluctuations and the cravings they cause under control. But most people are emotional eaters, too, and until you get a handle on emotional eating, you may very well struggle with food no matter what kind of diet, supplement, or other type of plan you use. Even weight loss surgery patients who have great success in the beginning can end up right back where they started due to returning to old habits such as emotional eating.
What causes emotional eating? A better question is, “What doesn’t?” Happiness, sadness, boredom, celebration, anxiety, stress, and just coping with life can all trigger emotional eating. We’re trained that way from the time our parents reward us with ice cream or dessert for a job well done or console us with comfort food when things don’t go our way. Dieting is to emotional eating what a band-aid is to a shotgun wound: It’s totally ineffective. You have to reconfigure the way you handle your feelings and the way you think about food, or you’ll be forever engaged in a losing struggle. If you’re an emotional eater, then feelings and food are intertwined. Once you separate them, you can take back control.
How do you do squash your tendencies to soothe yourself with food? Where do you start? Believe it or not, simply start with your thoughts. Let feelings be feelings, and remind yourself that they have nothing to do with food. When I was learning to meditate, I discovered Vipassana meditation. Vipassana means to see things as they really are, and this ancient technique is simply mental training to do just that: see things for what they are. Vipassana meditation teaches you to acknowledge your feelings, good or bad, and then simply allow them to pass on through. It’s that easy, and it doesn’t require special training; it just takes practice. Just as we use physical exercises to condition our bodies, you can use this technique as an exercise to develop a healthy mindset toward your feelings and food.
Most all of us have been conditioned to use food to celebrate, to console, and to nurture. In fact, eating as an ongoing accompaniment to life is so ingrained in us that there are also times when we don’t even realize we’re doing it. So try this approach to eating: Eat mindfully. Just pay attention. Don’t eat absently (munchies at your desk while you work, a bag of chips on the couch while you watch TV), but instead, when it’s time to eat, stop everything else you’re doing, and eat. Enjoy the experience. Enjoy the food. When you start to pay attention to your eating, you’ll begin to eat what you need when you need it; on the flipside, you’ll lose the urge to reach for food when you don’t really need to eat. You’ll get to know your true hunger and fullness signals again. And you’ll come to enjoy and savor your eating time rather than have it disappear into the background noise of life. Couples, families, and friends will also enjoy sharing mealtime together again. Singles may learn to enjoy their “me” time even more.
Now granted, if you’re on that runaway train of sugar and refined carb cravings, then managing your eating may be very hard. But this is what Plexus Slim was designed to do, so work with it, and let it happen! You can use Plexus Slim every single day, but if you keep doing what you’ve been doing, you’ll probably get the same results. Or … you can take advantage of the help Slim provides with cravings, make some mental adjustments, and completely change your life!