Does this resonate with you on some level?
Perhaps the situation has occurred because for some reason it is not possible to have your usual routine of breakfast, lunch and dinner with a snack in-between because you are travelling or you have back-to-back meetings all day.......
or perhaps you are staying with family over the holidays, and are now expected to fit in to the collective routine of this other group of people.......
or maybe you didn't hear your alarm clock, woke late and grabbed a coffee in replacement of your morning smoothie.
The feeling of UTTER PANIC creeps in, and inside your torso a black hole face that was previously dormant, awakens and begins screaming in a terrifying manner that you are "Going to die if you don't eat something soon!!! This is beyond serious - you are going to DIE!!!"
With a frantic pace, we seek out our food, and begin eating ever so quickly. Filling ourselves up. Filling that black gaping hole up. Filling that body of pain and discomfort, in the hope that we will not die but shall rid ourselves of those awful feelings that are consuming us. Feelings of fear, of heart racing, of sickness, or despair, of desperation of annihilation.
And what is so ironic, is that we are not starving. Not in the slightest. We can go for weeks without food. Our rational brain knows this, but in this given situation of panic, our Inner Child has been activated, and predicts the worst.
So what can you do differently?
Well firstly I must mention prevention. It is a really good idea to carry some wholesome snacks in your bag, so you do have something to graze on in the event you can't have your proper meal.
Examples include: a packet of oatcakes, a small pot of nuts or even a pot of nut butter so you can have a tablespoon at most (unless of course you work in a no-nut environment). You could also carry some dried pea protein powder in a little lunch pot, which then gets carefully tipped in to a water bottle or a mug and then just whisk it up. I love the pea protein range by Sun Warrior. (Please note: I do not advocate daily use of powders for meal replacements - this is something you would carry on your person for emergency use only!)
And secondly for when you've already passed the point of no return, I suggest trying this 7-minute guided visualisation. It will aid you when you are feeling fearfully ravenous. I hope you find this meditation soothing and useful.
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