Dr. Ben Michaelis Examines Our Emotional Attachment to Food

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Get Off the Dieting Merry-Go Round and Re-Examine Your Relationship With Food. Ben Michaelis, PhD releases new article on the emotional issues associated with food and weight and why we have to say maybe food is just not that into us.

Weight loss and weight control is a life-long battle for so many people. Why is it that we just can’t seem to keep that long-term commitment with weight-loss?

Dr. Ben Michaelis, a therapist who specializes in helping patients achieve mental health and well-being through creative expression, says that “when you understand how you relate to food you’ll find the key to losing unwanted pounds and keeping them off for good.” In his latest article, “Is it Time to Re-Examine Your Relationship with Food?” he outlines three forms of overeating that can keep us from our weight-loss goals:

  •     Comfort Eating – turning to those foods that we associate with feelings of comfort and security, especially in times of stress and anxiety. This is the most common form of overeating.
  •     Connection Eating – turning to those foods that have a special connection to us, either through family or location. This type of eating can give us a sense of belonging.
  •     Identity Eating – returning to old, unhealthy eating patterns out of fear of change. For many of us, being thin is not something we are used to so we sabotage our weight loss success in order to get back to where we feel most comfortable.

“One thing all these food associations have in common is that they are about the past: previous experiences of comfort, prior connections, and a past relationship with yourself,” explains Michaelis.“Instead of eating out of emotional need, consider creating a new outlet for emotional release. Use your innate creativity to strengthen the emotional bonds that may feel worn and drive you to eat. Use your creativity to fuel your soul and find a new way of feeling sated that does not involve food.”

Dr. Michaelis outlines several ways to use creativity as a tool to help you control the need to eat. These outlets can range from planting a garden, writing your thoughts and feelings down in a journal, or devoting some time to creative hobbies like photography or scrapbooking.

It is time to walk down a different street and start a new relationship with food.

To read the full article and watch Dr. Michaelis on the nationally syndicated television show, Daytime, go to http://www.DrBenMichaelis.com.

Dr. Ben Michaelis is a clinical psychologist who specializes in helping patients achieve mental health and well being through creative expression. His clients include New York Times bestselling authors, musicians, and a wide range of artists and professionals. He is an adjunct professor of psychology at Columbia University and on the medical faculty at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. Dr. Michaelis is the co-founder of the Downtown Clinicians Collective, one of New York City’s largest networking organizations for mental health professionals. The author of numerous scholarly articles and studies, he has been featured as an expert on creativity and relationships in articles on SheKnows.com Salon.com, and in Parenting ,Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times. He has been a guest on Martha Steward Living Radio on Sirius/XM and on the nationally syndicated television program, Daytime. Dr. Michaelis lives and creates with his wife and two children in New York City.

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For more information or questions for Dr. Michaelis, email him at Ben@DrBenMichaelis.com
and visit him at http://www.DrBenMichaelis.com

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