Are Emotions Affecting Your Eating Habits Or Healing?

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The connection between emotions and eating, cleansing or ending addictions is strong in most people. We eat for comfort and often do it unconsciously. This is one of the reasons we have trouble breaking addictions.  When we do finally tackle these fixations, and cleanse, there are emotional challenges.

I believe it begins when we are babies.  Since babies lack the ability to provide the details of their grievances, we are left to assume. When babies cry, we often comfort them with food or something placed in the mouth. So early on we have learned to comfort ourselves and others with edibles. The impact could be deeper than this.

What if we or our loved ones have actually suppressed our childhood emotions with food? Then a past incident could actually be linked to a specific item.  If not food, it could be linked to an actual chemical like salt or sugar. So when you attempt to eliminate these substances from your body, there are emotional repercussions.

Suppose the emotion we suppress is guilt? Do we punish ourselves by unconsciously abusing our bodies with food? That may explain why we continue to consume things that we have clearly identified to cause us pain or illness.

Could this emotional eating cause an imbalance within our nervous system? This would cause anxiety whenever we attempt to make any serious changes. Contrarily, an irregular nervous system may cause us to eat irrationally. The worst part is how emotional eating impacts us physically.

Matthew B. James, Phd. explains how we store emotions and thoughts that we are unable to deal with in a Huna described, “black bag.” “In the book Foundation Theory, Dr. Paul Goodwin explains how these black bags can be measured along neuro pathways. He describes how, by measuring electrical impulses along neural pathways, repressed emotions show up as blockages along the pathways within the nervous system.”

Those blockages are typically filled with calcified mucus from an acidic diet. Dr. James elaborates on how we actually may direct the location of certain blockages,  “Black bags tend to go where you direct them to go by your language. Someone who doesn’t like their job and continually says “This job is a pain in the neck” may find they suffer from pain in the neck or head. Any time he or she has a negative experience at work, the unconscious mind puts the black bag exactly where instructed.” Likewise, when that “bag” is removed, the emotions are discharged.

In the article, “Is There A Connection Between Old Emotions and Colon Cleansing?”  Richard Anderson, N. D.M., explains how his patients experience an emotional release upon the removal of blockages within the colon. “Every thought or feeling we have has the potential of moving from the mind into the physical structure of the body where it can provoke illness. I estimate that about 70% of those doing the intensive colon cleanse will experience long-forgotten memories and buried emotions.”

Anderson’s theory is that the thoughts magnetize the proteins into different areas of the colon and they stay there until some type of cleanse removes them. This is a plausible hypothesis. Additionally, scientists claim that the brain shuts the digestive processes down under stress. The body is using that energy for defensive “fight or flight” activity. Therefore, certain food particles may go undigested and attach to the intestines or colon wall or tissues in other areas of the body.

If you search the web, you will find many stories about the connection between emotions and food and between emotions and cleansing. This is why any attempt to make healthy changes and cleanse the body must be accompanied with some form of emotional therapy. In lieu of professional therapy, I would like to offer a few tips that anyone can try on their own.

Practice mindful eating:

a) Take a few deep breaths before eating and focus your thoughts on your stomach, “Are you really hungry?”

b) Focus your awareness on your thoughts, “Are you angry, sad, stressed, etc.? Are you eating for comfort?

c) Eat in silence and relaxation..meals are often social but conversations and the energy of other people may shift your focus from your body.

d) Avoid eating while watching TV or movies: shows trigger unconscious emotions and may also prevent conscious eating.

Eat slowly and chew more:

a) You will improve your digestion and have a greater awareness of your stomach’s capacity.

b) Take small bites and avoid stuffing your mouth.

c) Chew until the food has lost its texture.

Drink herbal teas for the nervous system:

a)This is also helpful for those who are cleansing.

b) My favorite nervine is Linden Tea  which is a popular European drink. It will calm you without causing sleepiness or lethargy.

c)The other two herbs which produce similar non-drowsy effects are Cat Nip and Blue Vervain. Catnip is awesome because it is known for settling the stomach and aiding digestion. Blue Vervain has so many benefits including healing the liver.


If you are practicing non-judgment then there would not be a need to forgive. However the goal is to release negative feelings from the past. I like to use meditation and affirmations. Another technique is to place an empty chair in front of you and talk to those who hurt you. See the person there and tell them that you forgive them.  Express the details and say it until you really believe it. Similarly, you can write a letter that you never send.

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Focus on Forgiveness, Matthew B. James, Phd.

Is There A Connection Between Old Emotions and Colon Cleansing? by Richard Anderson, N.D., N.D.M.



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