The 4 Ways I Used my Yoga Mat to Kick my Food Addiction.
written by Dr. Cali Estes published on elephant JOURNAL
When I was in my 20s I was a Food Addict.
The label came about way before having a DSM diagnosis was popular. In fact, according to every therapist, I did not fit the profile of “Anorexia” or “Bulimia,” and therefore I must be “fine.”
But “fine,” I wasn’t.
I found myself in college eating cake—the whole cake—at three a.m. while crying. I didn’t know why I was doing it, except it felt like a release of sorts.
As I began to study addiction and how the brain works I started to notice that my patterns of behavior mimicked a drug addict’s. I was hiding and eating. I wouldn’t eat in front of friends, or I would simply order the obligatory salad and hoard the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream later.
I sought counseling and therapy, and all I ended up with was a pile of pills that made me worse. Then, I walked into a yoga class and it all changed.
Here are the four principles I’ve learned that have helped me kick my Food Addiction:
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