In the following article, guest author and Christian health coach Kiesha Easley shares how she discovered hidden anger was driving her to overeat and the steps she took to cope with anger God’s way.
Kiesha Easley is an educator, author and Christian health coach. She struggled with chronic fatigue and her weight for years. Finally, in 2017, she lost 75 pounds naturally. She became so inspired to help others that she wrote Worth the Weight to share her story and reveal the strategies she used. Connect with Kiesha at: www.kieshaeasley.com.
When we think of emotional eating, most of us think of anxiety or depression induced eating. These definitely are common causes, but they are not the only emotional triggers.
Sometimes anxiety or depression is just the expressed emotion, , but it’s not the root. Many times, the overlooked emotion that causes us to overeat is anger.
It’s kind of funny that all last week, as I was reflecting on my own emotional well-being. I found myself reaching into the cabinet to snack on some dates and walnuts.
But as I was rummaging through and had begun to chew on a few dates, I realized, I wasn’t physically hungry.
So that lead me to stop for a moment and just think about what was going on with me.
I had recently had a disagreement with a loved one and I initially thought my feelings were just hurt. But as I stood there in front of the cabinet still chewing, I realized I was actually very angry.
I closed the bag and made myself a cup of tea and took a moment to just let it set in and remind myself that it was okay to be angry.
I wasn’t going to resort to my immature days and be petty or attempt to make my loved ones feel bad. I just had to give my anger to God and let Him sort out the bits that I couldn’t.
I thought I’d done a decent job of processing my emotions. I felt much better the next day when I ran across an article that talked about the importance of distinguishing different types of anger.
I shared this same article on my Facebook Page: “Angry?! How Naming and Understanding the Different Kinds of Anger Can Help.”
I shared it because it really resonated with what I was dealing with and helped me pinpoint the type anger that I was trying to process.
As I read this article, I thought about all of the times in my life when I thought I was just sad, but really, I was angry – very angry.
It’s funny because I’ve always considered myself to be a person who is very slow to anger because it took a lot to cause me to lash out at someone.
But as I continued to reflect, the Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance several times when I was so enraged, I felt like I could turn green and Hulk-smash a few things (and/or people!.
Those were times when I broke things and said things I wish I hadn’t.
During those times I didn’t have the wisdom that I learned from Ephesians 4:26:
“Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.”Ephesians 4:26
I’ve been making an effort to live by this principle, however, it was impossible to do this if I didn’t even realize I was angry.
So, now that I’ve uncovered it and took some time to consider my triggers, I will be less likely to overeat as a result of hidden anger.
It’s important to develop strategies that will help you avoid overeating as a result of anger and any other emotion.
I want to leave you with a few that helped me.
About the Author:
Kiesha Easley is an educator, author and Christian health coach. She struggled with chronic fatigue and her weight for years. Finally, in 2017, she lost 75 pounds naturally. She became so inspired to help others that she wrote Worth the Weight to share her story and reveal the strategies she used. Now, she helps women who are struggling learn to make the mindset and spiritual shifts needed to lead a healthy lifestyle. Learn more at: www.kieshaeasley.com
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