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Filling a Hole in Your Heart

  • anonymous Asks ...

    I am severely overweight. I am not sure how overweight because my scale does not go high enough but it is well over 400 pounds and I probably eat 5000 to 6000 calories per day. I am trying to get healthier and I know I need to start by losing a lot of weight but when I try to eat even 3000 calories per day I am so hungry all the time and I can't stand it. How do I get past this hunger? My body is so used to getting more food so now it demands it.

  • Jim LaPierre Says ...
    Jim LaPierre

    To feel satiated is to feel full - to be content or perhaps stuffed. For those of us who go to unhealthy extremes there is an emptiness we are trying to fill. Food is an easy filler. I wonder what else you hunger for (long for).

    When we stuff our emotions...it takes a toll. Sooner or later we need to use a substance to help repress what we feel. Food does this readily.

    Suggestions - meet with your primary care physician and discuss your goals. Start 2 journals - 1 for your food intake in order to be more aware of what you are eating and when. The second journal you could use to ask yourself, "What else do I want?" What is missing in your life? What are you wanting to feel? It seems food is instant gratification for you but it also seems it's a poor substitute for what you truly long for.

    Drink lots of water. Walk. Allow yourself to discover what you truly want and have the guts to go get it.

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