Why is it so difficult for me to stop eating after dinner?

By Ashley McIntosh

Our days are so full of things to do.  When we are running from one thing to another, it is easy to keep focused and avoid our emotions from surfacing.  Night time, however, is often our down time.  It is the time to rest our bodies and minds from the busy day. 

Unfortunately, we are often not comfortable with such down time.  We tend to get addicted to the busy-ness of the day, and in the evening our minds find it difficult to calm down.  Without the mind occupied, emotions that we often don’t give ourselves the time to feel, have an opportunity to bubble up.  Because these emotions can be uncomfortable or frightening to feel, we will search for things to keep us occupied (when we are occupied the emotions can then return to the underworld where they will not be felt).  Often it is food that we find to replace our to do lists and help us feel busy enough to forget about our feelings.

As we learn to acquaint ourselves with our emotions throughout the day, then they are no longer scary for us to face in the evening.  So we can then feel comfortable with the silence, and can truly rest – without food as our entertainment.  Evening can also be a great time to spend doing something creative, communicating with friends, or reading a good book.  When our evenings fulfill us, often the urge to eat loses its power.

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