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5 Ways to Stop the War with Food and Your Body
Written by Samantha Skelly   

woman sitting eating with a few vegetables on her plate and looking unhappyYou might think that food is the problem, but that’s far from the truth—it’s a much deeper and darker emotional issue.

“I just want to eat like a normal person.”
“I want to stop fighting food all the time and eat for health and hunger.”
“I have no idea what loving my body even feels like.”
“The number on the scale indicates whether I’m going to have a good day or not.”

Sound familiar?

We are in an epidemic. Women are at war. A gruesome and bloody war with food and their bodies. Everyday women are being openly objectified which is sending messages to our sub-conscious saying we aren’t good enough, pretty enough and especially not skinny enough. We live in a world where the number on the scale determines our level of self-worth and quality of life.

This needs to end.

The entire diet industry is a glorified toxic vortex communicating to you that you aren’t whole and that something needs to change and that there is something missing. You jump on the next miracle diet plan with hopes that this one will be the ultimate key that unlocks sustained happiness and personal fulfillment.

We need to take a stand, but more importantly take a reality check and understand we are victims to the growth of the bottom lines of the diet industry. This is a sad social reality, but conversely, we have the power to completely change the story and trajectory within ourselves.

You’re not hungry for food; you’re hungry for an emotion. You aren’t meeting your basic primal emotional needs at a fundamental level so you’re meeting the needs with food. You know it’s physically and emotionally damaging, but you can’t stop.

Here are 5 ways you can end the war—today.

  1. Ask yourself, ‘What am I actually hungry for?’ When you are about to use food to numb the pain and emotional anxiety you have from the day, take a beat and ask yourself what your body really needs. It’s not food. You’re filling an emotional void. Take a moment, get curious and ask the question.
  2. Breathe. Breathing allows us to connect mind and body together. When mind and body operate in one unit, there is pure inner power. Binge eating is a result of being disconnected from your body.
  3. Observe your emotions. Is there pain, sadness or anger? What are you feeling physically? Write it down. Binge eating suppresses the emotion and blocks us from tapping into what our bodies are asking for. Sit with the pain of the emotions. Don’t distract—just be.
  4. Binge eating is a call for connection. We as humans crave connection, and we are starved of connection with how we operate today. Ask yourself, when was the last time you had deep connection, and how can you create it?
  5. Don’t distract again. Often, when we try to derail binge eating, we find ourselves consumed in another activity. This isn’t how we are going to effectively heal emotionally. We need to address the pain—ask it questions, get curious about it, journal about it, and truly heal it from within.
Samantha Skelly -

Samantha Skelly is the founder of Hungry For Happiness, an international movement that offers accessible and affordable online recovery resources to women who suffer from disordered eating and body image issues. In 2013, Samantha was awarded ‘Top 24 under 24,’ and in 2014, was a finalist as the ‘Best Emerging Entrepreneur.’ Hungry For Happiness is now also nominated for 'Best Concept' by Small Business BC. Samantha Skelly aims to disrupt the eating disorder recovery space by creating the largest and most impactful online resource to support those whose lives are negatively affected by issues with food and their bodies. When Samantha isn’t working on her mission, she is probably upside down practising acro yoga, playing guitar, at comedy improv class or dancing salsa.