Emotional eating and self-worth
In childhood, food is often used as an educational measure: If you are good, you get an ice cream as a reward. Or if we make the baby cry, we give it something to eat, even though hunger may not be the reason for the baby’s stress, but an unfulfilled emotional need. In this way, the child learns about food as a substitute for attention, and this determines attitudes towards food until one becomes aware of how one’s own eating behaviour originally came about. In today’s society, the body image, the self-image, is also strongly determined by the outside. Food is instrumentalised in order to come closer to this image. The actual task of food, to provide the body with sustainable energy and well-being, is pushed into the background. Comparisons with images from advertising and social media can make one’s own body appear insufficient and thus lead to a lower self-esteem. It makes more sense to define your self-image in harmony with your inner feelings. Access to the inner feeling in harmony with the self-image is achieved through a diet that is individually tailored to one’s own needs and the observation of how this influences one’s physical well-being. In addition, it is helpful to explore the imprints and behavioural patterns that determine the way we deal with food. And this often goes far beyond pure nutrition: loneliness, anger, grief, helplessness, excessive demands, partnership conflicts as well as all kinds of stress are in many cases also closely connected to the way we deal with food. We invite you to go on a journey of discovery together.