I feel emotional during Clean Gut, is that normal?
Emotions and food
Emotions are a big part of the program. For most people, food is not just about satisfying our physical hunger, but satisfying our emotional needs as well. Have you ever found yourself thinking: Why do I reach for cookies when I’m tired? Why do I crave ice cream after a fight with my partner?
Reflecting on these questions and your answers to them will get you to the heart of your program – the deeper stuff. The stuff that mindless eating attempts to cover up.
During Clean Gut, people can feel more emotional than usual. Changing the foods you are eating and the way you are eating them can be scary. But like any challenge, if we spend some time reflecting on it, we usually surprise ourselves with what we discover. When you feel a craving or an emotional release happening, give it space and be gentle with yourself. Don’t make it about the food. Go deeper. Ask yourself, “what’s really going on here?” The answer is closer than you think.