The Connection Between Emotional Eating and Things that Cause Guilt, Shame, Regret, or Remorse.

Juanita Ecker


Do you have frequent moments when you look back and you begin to throw these words around: “coulda” “shoulda”, and “woulda”? Maybe instead of “shoulda”, you often think, “I shouldn’t have done that”. We carry around the weight of the past and you and I both know that guilt, shame, remorse, and regret are heavy!

Statistics about regret

In fact, according to a study featured in HuffPost, 90% of people say they have a major regret about something in their lives. Furthermore, regret is the second most frequently mentioned emotion after love. So it’s not a wonder why so many individuals seek release from these emotions (regret, guilt, shame, etc.). Many soothe these powerful emotions with food.

I have clients who have experienced overwhelming regret for years! One client, for 20 years. That’s an incredibly long time to carry around such a painful emotion. Not only did this client experience intense regret, but her shame and guilt also deteriorated her self-image. Just to alleviate the heaviness, she would order fast food late at night. As a temporary release, she would have to repeat the cycle all over again the next night.

Breakthrough from Emotional Eating

As this client and I started working on releasing the root cause of her emotional eating, she began to feel lighter. We released the negative emotions of regret, shame, and guilt, and not only did it give her the confidence to love herself again, her emotional eating significantly decreased!

Maybe you can relate to this client – experiencing years of regret that you can’t seem to let go of or forgive yourself. Instead of fast food, maybe it’s a dessert or salty snacks that you keep hidden away in a drawer. Regardless, we all have different stories. But one thing that we can all have in common is overcoming our controlling eating habits! And from the progress that I’ve seen with my clients, I can tell you that it’s possible. You can do it! The sweetest part is that you don’t have to do it alone. To see if the emotion code is the right fit for you, let’s book a complimentary strategy session. Contact me today. I’d love to be a part of your success story.