Emotional Eating is turning to food for comfort, stress relief or as a reward rather than to satisfy hunger. It's eating to fill emotional needs rather than to fill the stomach and fuel the body. Most Emotional Eaters feel powerless over their food cravings. When the urge to eat hits, it's all they can think about.
Using food from time to time as a pick-me-up, a reward, or to celebrate isn't necessarily a bad thing. Emotional eating develops when a person's first impulse is to reach for food whenever they're upset, angry, lonely, stressed, frustrated, exhausted, or bored. When eating is a person's primary emotional coping mechanism, they may become get stuck in an unhealthy cycle where the real feeling or problem is never addressed.
"The hardest part was making the call and walking into the office, but after visiting with Karna for only a few minutes, I realized that this was going to be different. Good different. In only a few meetings, Karna has helped me pinpoint obstacles and emotional roadblocks that I would have never realized were hurting my progress in becoming the person I want to be. Karna has gently guided, patiently listened and worked her magic to let me have a new, hopeful vision of how I want to be and to live the life I want to live. I have a long way to go and I still make lots of mistakes, but I feel like I understand where I have come from and why I am the way I am, while at the same time being eager to apply new tactics and strategies to reach my goals and become a new, healthier, happier me!"
"I always wished I could be eat like a "normal" person, but even when I dieted and exercised, I would lose weight and then gain it back. My entire life I've been this roller coaster of losing and gaining weight. Little did I know that it all began in my childhood when I was bullied. With Karna's help I "remembered" how it started and then understood how to change the "story" of me as a little girl with low self-esteem. I know what to do now when I feel driven to fill up the empty place inside. It's work to change my habits of a lifetime but it's worth it because I feel so much better about myself both emotionally and because I'm losing weight. This time I believe I can keep the weight off."
"Karna was able to identify a point in my life when I was feeling like an outsider. During that time, I turned to candy to make me feel happy and independent. Through her counsel, I was able to identify that all of my parts - mind, body, and soul -have a common goal. That goal is to be strong and happy so that I can live a life without regrets. Whenever I feel a weakness to sugar, instead of allowing my emotions to sabotage my efforts to be strong and happy, I am able to use the tools I learned from Karna. I can pull all my parts together and respond differently to sugar because I then remember that we all have the same goal. All of this insight and change happened in one session!"
"Through sessions with Karna I've learned how behaviors that have been holding me back from achieving my fitness goals stemmed from beliefs in my past and that they can be changed! I've changed the beliefs that were limiting my growth into positive ones that are nurturing it. Rather than operating from a place of trying to change through negative self-talk, now encouraging myself to make healthy choices and choose behaviors that support my goals. I feel that I am in a new place, one that is full of hope and possibility. Karna is professional, caring, and a joy to work with. She creates a safe space for transformation, and I only wish that I had found her sooner!"
"In sessions with Karna, I began to understand that my patterns with food began in childhood and that parts of me were stuck at a young age. Karna's coaching techniques helped me let go of the past so that I could do food differently. I started to understand that some of my issues with food had to do with my beliefs about my own self-worth. As I worked with Karna, it all began changing and I began to feel better about myself and what I deserved in life.
In every session I learned tools that helped me change my thinking about food which helped me change my cravings. As I felt better, I was able to manage food better, my weight began to drop quite easily and this time I KNOW I will be able to maintain and continue my weight loss and my new lifestyle. I've changed my perspective on life and have new ways of soothing and rewarding myself. I think ahead and plan for eating food that will make me feel good, not just taste good or fill a craving. Karna is very easy to talk to and just being around her and her positive, peaceful disposition makes you want to know her secrets to being happy. She literally changed my life and gave me the tools to help myself from now on."
"I have to admit that "Life Coach" sounded a bit confusing to me. I pictured someone in a cheerleader outfit cheering for me through life activities. Well I was wrong about that! I spent time with Karna working through some issues that had previously led to depression and anxiety in my life. As a child, I felt ignored and not quite good enough. I didn't realize that this was part of my battle with weight. Sessions with Karna helped change my negative beliefs into empowering beliefs which make me feel good about myself. This process has been emotional and painful but worth the work. Now I know that every person deserves to be loved and accepted."