When Food Is Comfort: Nurture Yourself Mindfully, Rewire Your Brain, and End Emotional Eating

Millions of people are trying to lose weight. But the ideas that overweight people are lazy, lack will power, or just love food hamper their success because the underlying reason for overeating is not addressed. Current science shows that a lack of consistent emotional nurturance in infancy and childhood, when the brain is being formed, train the brain to seek comfort and nurturance elsewhere, often in substances or behaviors such as food and overeating. The good news is that the brain can be re-trained. As the author details, emotional overeaters can — through simple, easily mastered skills — learn to self nurture. An Inner Nurturer, rather than something out there, becomes a reliable way to experience comfort, safety, and even joy — from within, rather than without.

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