Yeah, using food like a drug is so common, especially for women, that it's easy to avoid seeing it for what it is. A therapist that specializes is eating disorders and other addictive behaviors can probably be very helpful. I found just the time we spent with a family therapist while DS was a teenager to be helpful and we never even directly addressed my issues with food.
Originally Posted by ar0e
If your therapist is giving you tools to redirect your thinking, don't worry if it doesn't seem like they're working. I didn't find it to be a gradual process. It was more like, at some point, someone flipped a switch in my head and I was a completely different person in there. Then I spent months wondering why I couldn't have been that person for the last 40 years.
I'd also be careful reading in the forums here, because I think, emotionally, it's possible to have the same twisted relationship with foods that are "good" for you as it is with foods that are "bad" for you. Physically, you'd be healthier, but emotionally, you'd be just as sick. In AA they call that phenomenon the dry drunk, someone who has just transferred their addiction to something else without really facing it. I especially try to stay away from threads that talk about "rules", because I do worry that that "bad girl, you broke the rules" thinking will pop up again if I do anything to nourish it. And enjoy that doubleshot if you're not using it to punish yourself. After some months of a primal diet, you will probably find it has an unpleasant chemical sweetness that you never noticed before.
CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
GW- Goals are no longer weight-related