Lack of movement and unhealthy food choices are thought to be the main causes of obesity, but when looking deeper into the unconscious aspect of being fat, it is no secret that a more hidden agenda exists. . . often not spoken of, not dared to think about even. Let’s start this part of the transformation journey by being honest with ourselves, to dare to confront the sabotages, to finding oneself and then not losing that person again.
Unmet emotional (and spiritual) longings are recurrently filled by food – looking deeper, it may even be our “comfort food” or the food that always made us feel better as kids. Our mind in its ultimate judgement feels empty, lonely, starved for affection or belonging recurrently and unconsciously even telling our bodies to turn to food to gain some feeling of being “full”. Food eventually becomes a learned substitution for every need in our lives, including how to deal with stress, emptiness, despair. Stress comes with its own sad story of fat hormones and carbohydrate intolerances which may lead to sleep issues. Lack of adequate sleep, in turn, contributes to “fatness.”
Is it reasonable to expect that any effective weight loss program should address an awareness that successful obtainment of the physical goal of achieving permanent weight loss, body shape change, mental image transformation requires that a plan emphasizing replacement strategy needs to be in place? This plan could address such things as:
Humans are emotional creatures and there is no denying basic instincts such as finding community, love, pleasure and happiness. Unlike our land and sea mammals driven biologically to reproduce and survive, humans have an expansive consciousness with the freewill to choose how they want to live, eat and love.
It can be argued that over the years families have changed thus giving birth to an entire generation with predominantly negative health behaviors. If a child grows up eating fast food and drinking soda in replacement for water and nutritionally balanced meals, the child will grow up into an adult that passes these behaviors and unhealthy ways of coping down into his/her family.
Underlying causes of many cases of resistant obesity are driven from the emotions, which then becomes an addiction caused from the release of hormones in the body. Many food chemists design food to become addictive which, in turn, plays into the role of overeating. It’s a vicious cycle that takes time to retrain the body and brain. Even food commercials stimulate the production of insulin, not a very helpful tool in assisting food addicted individuals from responding to a physical stimulus. Essentially, our environment is not set up to help those who struggle with these issues.
In ancient Japanese beliefs, one’s midpoint is called theHara, or “sea of energy.” Combined with the Harais a pocket of etheric energy calledtan tien. In alchemist’s texts, Taoists refer to the Hara as the “cauldron” as this is the area for digestion and assimilation of food. Those with an energy blockage have issues feeling full or satisfied due to a lack oftan tien. The same concept is true withmanipuraas the naval chakra in Yogic texts as it represents our digestive fire. The fire in our constitution balances the heat and energy produced in the body. When unbalanced stomach problems arise, this can affect the clarity of the psyche. Thus, there is a deep connection between the mind and the gut, between emotions and food.
A frequent complaint in weight management is the problem of abdominal obesity, or belly fat. Biology on fat storage plays a roll, but gynoid or abdominal obesity is often the easiest to gain and the hardest to lose. And, abdominal girth represents metabolic disaster. Abdominal fat is now referred to medically as “sick fat.”
For many struggling with weight find they have “lost” their power somewhere on their journey in life. Many keep giving their power away to their boss, spouse, children, friend or anyone who needs their service. Those who have power, but still struggle emotionally are stuck in belief systems that they can’t be or look a certain way. This, too, is linked subconsciously to being powerless.
Another common emotional scenario are those who have been verbally, physically or sexually abused in their past. Emotional burdens from these life experiences are likely to lead one to fall into negative eating habits. There seems to be an underlying sense of shame or the need to be unattractive to others bound up in their actions.
People struggle with weight for many reasons, but those who are not emotionally stable often seek fulfillment and validation through overeating. Those who “MUST eat their ice cream everyday” have connected a certain food with a certain feeling. Why is this connection to a certain food that important? Questions like these must be asked and answered with a plan.
A truly balanced person never has a biological urge to “need” a certain food every day for survival. Power must be balanced. Those who have excess or too little power often abuse their personal strength, or use their power to compensate for something else lacking in their life. Not everybody has emotional baggage, but for many emotions run deeply buried allowing others to control our life instead of ourselves.
Breaking free from tangled emotions that interfere with balance and control in one’s life is an evolution to embrace with awareness. That awareness is achieved by allowing oneself to experience an emotion, deal with it and then letting it go. Awareness means knowing that food does not equal being loved nor does it take away the pain not dealt with and buried. The essence of breaking free means you have room to fill your heart and soul with other more positive emotions and food no longer must be part of the emotional baggage.
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