Pavel Somov, PhD has a powerful idea about emotional eating: “You have two options in regard to emotional eating: you can try to eliminate it altogether or you can try to make better use of it by making emotional eating more conscious.”
Somov, a psychologist and the author of Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time, recently blogged about his approach, which he calls Mindful Emotional Eating, for the Huffington Post. Mindful emotional eating, which may at first seem counter-intuitive, overlaps with many of the concepts and ideas that I blog about at Peace With Cake. I find Somov’s ideas and his three principles of mindful emotional eating intriguing and potentially very helpful. Somov also suggests that emotional eating doesn’t have to be a negative act and that if it is something that we engage in consciously and deliberately–if we are in control of the choice and the act–it can actually be something that meets our needs. I’m looking forward to reading his book and will share my thoughts about it here.
In the meantime, check out his post and then leave a comment below and let me know what you think.
Take good care,