Many of my patients present themselves as emotional eaters.
Emotional eating can combine elements of lack of control, surrendering to impulses and desires, preferring high-calorie foods as response to changing emotional situations and/or feeling a sense of guilt while eating "forbidden" foods.
I don't consider giving a menu plan to be the target of the nutritional treatment! Combined with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) I search with my patients for the best game plan for them.
The idea isn't necessarily to identify emotional eating and trying to "repress" it, rather to being more forgiving and searching for what it is we really need.
It might sound strange but more than often people don't really know what they're looking for, and so even when they eat something sweet, they don't feel satisfied and continue searching for more food. And so, for example I get to hear my patients telling me how in those cases they used to begin by eating an apple, accompanied by a diet yogurt or energy bar and eventually surrendering to something much more.
In addition, sometimes we are our own worst enemies and the way we define "how our diet should look like," prevents us from attempting to make small improvements in food choices and eating behaviors.
Researches show that working on emotional factors during weight loss is strongly correlated with better long-term results, which is where I'm here to help.