When I was overweight, I used to feel very self conscious about being seen eating. Because I was fat, I didn’t need to eat, right? As a teenager, I'd hide food in my room, and for years I was addicted to sugar.
I've spent most of my adult life relearning what it means to have a healthy relationship to food.
What I've found along the way is that detrimental eating habits are driven by the subconscious mind. The patterns are formed because we've associated a feeling to the food. Whether it’s control, sadness, happiness, fear, love, or protection ... your subconscious mind runs these patterns because it has a positive intention for you.
When you feel anxious about something related to your eating habits, know that it's the subconscious mind trying to protect you. That may sound bizarre, but it’s true!
Here are some of the ways these patterns might show up in your life: