How to relieve emotions during quarantine without binge eating

Being locked in your house with binge eating can be scary. Ordinary freedom gives us many options to cope with our emotions that we never thought of. What can you do to eat healthier or lose weight, is there another way besides eating as a coping mechanism?

First is important to know that binge eating happens because of emotions (I talk more on emotions here). The cure for emotional eating is clearing away those emotions, then we can fulfill our objectives and lose weight.

Food and emotions

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Binge eating happens when we seek to end some emotion that is bothering us. It isn’t so much about the food, the flavor, the quantities as it is about emotion. Our food tastes and quantities feel good only relative to the states of mind that we are running away from. From an empowered or still state our tastes and quantities become very different.

We then realize that there isn’t a “fixed self” the self or our feelings about our self changes depending on the context we’re in, the self is context disguised as yourself (I wrote extensively about the self-image here). But it’s not who you are, you are the space where context appears in. A metaphor for this is a screen vs the movie, you’re the screen, the movie is the self or context.

Stress can cause eating disorders and depression

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Out of the emotions we talk about then come all addictions, binge eating and depression. We feel bad and unsettled, our bodies are tense, we seek coping mechanisms like food.

The solution is to clear the first cause that influenced all the other decisions. I’m talking about negative emotions and tension.
Clearing emotions that make us binge.

Throughout life, we form triggers that cause us negative emotions, then we cope with food for these emotions to go away. The way to deal with these triggers is to meditate on them. Instead of seeking escape, don’t go anywhere, or wait for anything, stay with the emotions, and allow the waters to calm. As Lao-Tzu says in this quote:

“Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles, and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving until the right action arises by itself?”

Lao-Tzu

When emotions arise, it seems like it’s the end, but everything that goes up goes down. Stay present, focus on your breath or on anything that you want, let the tension in your body stop.

Distraction is also another great way to achieve this. Let your mind reset itself. When you get engaged with most of your attention on the other thing you’re doing to distract yourself, when you forget everything it will work.

When does it stop binge eating?

This process works fast, our minds react to triggers the same way it did last time. So if you see something that bothers you, and you want to cope with food, but you relax your body and allow your mind waters to settle in, then there will be no emotional trigger, because there wasn’t a reaction last time. You will stop emotional eating because you stopped the emotion that drove you to action.

Conclusion

To clear your negative emotions, settle with them. Every emotion ceases with time. Your mind reacts to anything the same way you did last time. The problem is that you react every time, and that gives continuity to the automatic reaction. You’re not addicted to food, you can be happy without those foods, and you don’t need huge amounts of foods. You have only confused this thing as yourself. In reality, emotions control your behavior, not taste, emotion is prior to your taste.

Let me know what do you think in the comments below, and let me know how well this works out for you!

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