Most health and diet advice tends to focus on the types of food you’re putting in your body, but Brad Lamm believes why you eat is just as important as what you eat. As the founder of the Breathe Life Healing Center, he’s helped countless people change their eating habits and has noticed six distinct eating styles that initially hinder their path to better health. The key, Lamm tells #OWNSHOW in the above video, is pinpointing which eating style you most relate to and learning the triggers that have you heading to the kitchen.
These eaters tend to use food to fill an emotional void, closely linking their eating habits to their emotions without realizing what’s beneath the surface. “You confuse your feelings,” Lamm says. “You think, ‘I feel bored,’ but that’s camouflage for ‘I’m disconnected, or lonely, or angry, or sad, or even happy.’”
The trigger for an emotional eater, therefore, is that they excuse their binge eating by saying that they’re experiencing one of these particular feelings. To overcome this trigger, Lamm says, it’s all about awareness.
Habitual eaters crave routine, and if that routine gets disrupted, chaos breaks loose. “When you get overscheduled, everything goes out the window,” Lamm says. “You make excuses [and the] ‘just this once’ routine comes up.”
To prevent this excuse from happening, Lamm suggests planning your meals. “Pack your own,” he says. “[Also, using] the mental reminder of ‘not my food’ is really useful when you’re looking at the food that doesn’t deserve you.”