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Is Easter chocolate making you anxious?
by Harriet Frew on April 18th, 2019

It’s almost the Easter weekend– but how you are you feeling about chocolate?

With rows of chocolate eggs lining the supermarket shelves, you might find their coloured foil simultaneously drawing and taunting you?

Do you allow yourself to enjoy chocolate at Easter without guilt?

Perhaps you feel that even having chocolate in the house, leaves it silently screaming at you from the cupboard?

Chocolate might feel like a bad food; something that is forbidden and avoided. You might worry that once you start eating, that you will eat it all in one go?

It is very normal that when you diet, restrict yourself of food, or have strict food rules, that you will begin to want, desire and crave your ‘forbidden foods’ – you will dream about them, look at them on the internet and be completely preoccupied by them. This is normal. We know this due to evidence from starvation studies.

The only way to break out of this horrible cycle is to stop labelling foods as good and bad. And to very gradually, begin to PERMIT them back in.

What can help with this?

Binge eating is often carried out on the run; at the cupboard door; in the car or at the fridge. It is often a dissociative and trance like experience. You might not even fully taste the food or notice the experience of eating.

Instead, when you eat, ensure you are calm and relaxed before eating. Take some time to be quiet and slow down your breathing.
Think about what you really want to eat. What is truly delicious and tasty to you?

Set a place and make your food look attractive. Then, sit down and eat at a table.

You might also eat with others if you find this helpful.

When you eat, savour each mouthful by eating slowly and chewing your food well. Notice the flavours and subtle tastes and textures. Do you enjoy the food? Do you feel satisfied by the eating experience?

Sometimes when you eat, you may be tempted to eat more. This is the time to get away from the food source and distract yourself with an activity that is relaxing or absorbing.
Breaking the diet-binge cycle is absolutely possible! One day at a time.

Happy Easter! :)

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