When We Love Food Too Much

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Many people tell me that they can’t help overeating because they love food too much.

I completely relate to food as one of my great pleasures in life.

Yet is it possible to love food too much?

I know from my own experience that this is possible.

We can love food too much when what we are eating is not just the food but the idea we build the food up to be.

Emotional eating author, Geneen Roth writes “We don’t want to EAT hot fudge sundaes as much as we want our lives to BE hot fudge sundaes.” 

When we eat those hot fudge sundaes, we are seeking excitement from it because we don’t have the courage to live in a way that brings real excitement into our lives.

Loving the idea of food happens when meal or snack times are the only excitement in our days. When we bury our emotional pain in a box of cookies. When we think we lack control around chocolate when in reality, it’s the only pleasure we allow ourselves after a tough day.

We start loving food too much when we become dependent on it as a substitute for something we are denying ourselves such as true pleasure, connection, adventure, self-care, a fulfilling career.

When we start looking at our true hunger for life, we realize that we no longer love food too much. We still love food but not in a desperate “I am expecting you to give me what I can’t give myself” sort of way.

When we honor our hunger for life, our love for food takes its rightful place and becomes just one of the many ways we nourish ourselves.

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4 Comments

  • Amy on Mar 05, 2014 Reply

    I really enjoyed reading your article on loving food too much. It is so TRUE and sounds so RIGHT.
    Thanks for the new light your blog brings on those intimate themes.

    • Hiba on Mar 05, 2014 Reply

      Thank you Amy! I speak from personal experience, so I know these intimate issues well :)

  • Hiba on Mar 04, 2014 Reply

    Thank you for your comment Faris! You are definitely on the right track – awareness is a huge part of the process!

  • Faris on Mar 03, 2014 Reply

    Stress eating is a big one for me. I find myself stuffing myself when I am stressed. Through my work with you on this issue, I am now trying to identify the stressors and deal with them directly before reaching for the chocolate treats …

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