When Sharon Livingston was a kid, her parents were kosher caterers and she had to watch them nourish the world while, often, ignoring her. She doubled her weight between ages 9 and 12, and had to deal with being “the fat girl” all through high school.
These and other experiences and her long road of healing from them, along with her decades of study and practice of psychology, have made her a expert on emotional eating, or as she puts it, “when food becomes a four-letter word.”
In our in-depth and often hilarious conversation (including a quote by the late, great Buddy Hackett), we cover:
- Sharon's simple and stark definition of emotional eating
- a bowl of M&Ms and a difficult client: do we feel like we have a choice
- the emotional function of sweet foods
- shocker: “there’s no reason for dessert”
- the gap between our body wisdom and our current food environment
- the emotional function of dairy
- food as metaphor
- the history of Sharon’s dysfunctional relationship with food
- throwing up a dozen veal cutlets
- eating to make herself unattractive
- “no compromise” eating: the best piece of chocolate in the world
- the million dollar questions: “What do I really want?” “And what does that remind me of?”
- a cameo appearance by Sharon’s dog Jeremy, demonstrating the emotional gratification available from chewing a squeaky toy
- why the best diet in the world won’t work if you ignore the emotional reasons for eating
- the limits of adaptation and “down regulation”
- Sharon’s anger at invading yeast cells
- the 72-hour craving window
- unlikely strategies to deal with emotional eating
- the value of substitutes
- Sharon helps me with my chocolate issue (“a series of cheap one-night stands”)
- the Bat Phone strategy
- how to deal with thoughts of cravings
- the magic of a short pause
- craving textures rather than flavors
- food choices as clues into how to give ourselves love
- and much more…
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