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Buffering

Food has a magical way of bringing comfort and joy, but it can also be a sneaky accomplice in helping us bury our emotions. Let's dive into why using food to smother our feelings can lead to more trouble than it's worth, and why embracing and processing emotions is a healthier path towards emotional well-being.


Have you ever seen someone play the water glasses? They fill up the crystal with water and rub the rim of the glass causing a vibration. The more water in the glass, the lower the pitch and slower the vibration. Where there is a small amount of water the higher the pitch and faster the vibration.


Our emotions are created as our brain releases chemicals into our bodies that vibrate. Each emotion vibrating a little differently. When we feel a difficult or uncomfortable emotion, a common solution is to buffer that emotion away with food. When we fill our bodies with food, the vibration that happens in our bodies, just like with the water glasses, will be a slower lower pitched vibration. Making that emotion match more tolerable in our bodies.


So why would this be a problem?

  1. Temporary Fix, Long-Term Mess: So, you devour that pint of ice cream or that bag of chips, and for a brief moment, it feels like everything's okay. But once that snack attack is over, your emotions are still there, often worse than before. It's like putting a band-aid on a deep wound – it might help for a little while, but the problem underneath is far from solved.

  2. Unwanted Pounds and Physical Problems: Repeated emotional eating can lead to weight gain, and with that often comes health concerns. Those late-night binges on unhealthy foods aren't doing your body any favors.

  3. Emotions on Hold: One of the biggest problems with emotional eating is that it prevents you from actually dealing with your emotions. Instead of facing and working through your feelings, you're using food to bury them deep down. Trust me, those emotions aren't going anywhere – they'll resurface, and when they do, they might be even harder to handle.

  4. Guilt and Shame: After the emotional eating spree, many of us feel guilty and ashamed, which only adds to the emotional rollercoaster. It's a vicious cycle that can wreck your self-esteem and leave you feeling stuck.

What's the solution? The next time you feel the urge to drown your emotions in a tub of ice cream, take a pause. Instead, consider embracing and processing your feelings. It's not always easy, but it's a friendlier path to emotional well-being. Remember, food is meant to nourish, delight, and connect us, not to bury our emotions. So, let's take the time to savor our food and our emotions, one delicious bite at a time.

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