Many people are emotional eaters…meaning they use food as a way of coping with life stressors or problems. It makes them feel good, even if only for a short time. Because food is a part of most of our life cycle (celebrations, holidays, birthdays, funerals) our relationship with food can appear complicated. It’s important for us to examine how food truly impacts our life.
Food can be our foe when we turn to it for emotional reasons. It is important to identify our triggers to overeating: do we eat when we are sad, stressed, mad or happy? Knowing our triggers is a beginning step towards attaining a healthier life style. Then we begin to look at healthier coping strategies for expressing and addressing our emotions other than food. We can then replace our negative habits with healthier ones.
It’s not easy. That’s why we offer weekly group sessions that will equip you with the information and skills needed to make changes. This support network is essential to your weight loss success. Using a holistic focus, we can look at our emotional and physical needs as well as take an honest look at our relationship with food.
Our Support Specialist - Jody Hirst, LCSW“Health and wellness has always been a personal passion for me. Because having a positive mind body connection makes us feel happier, it is rewarding to have the professional opportunity to help others work towards developing healthier habits, coping strategies and self-esteem. Our goal at WeightCare Indy is for individuals to shift their focus and beliefs about food towards “eating to live rather than living to eat.”
Finding these new personal discoveries as well as exploring how exercise can be a great coping strategy and replacement to emotional eating, are just a few of the many tools WeightCare Indy offers.