Julie came to me with a mystery. Her eating habits are excellent at home and even in restaurants, but when she gets into a dinner party situation it doesn’t matter what food is served or how hungry she is, she turns into a mindless eating machine.
What could be going on here?
We first explored whether she was actually satisfied with her normal eating routine. Is it possible she was still restricting herself too much and experiencing the What-the-Hell Effect at parties? This didn’t seem to be the case, as Julie had already explored and tested this hypothesis using her foodist mindset.
Ultimately we uncovered a subconscious cue that was triggering her overeating. This revelation that helped Julie feel much more at ease and in control of the situation, knowing it was something that was solvable.
Julie’s case is particularly interesting because she is triggered by positive emotions rather than negative emotions, which are more often the cause of overeating. Armed with this knowledge we came up with a strategy for channeling her feelings in a way that is more aligned with her current values.
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