“The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man” ~ Author Unknown

As someone who struggled with food, and weight for many years, I know that there is much more to overeating than meets the eye. I believe that one of the reasons that traditional diets and weight loss programs fail is because they don’t take into account how we process subtle energy. For people, like myself, who are sensitive, or empathic, a lot of times they will overeat in response to being overwhelmed by negative vibes.

An Empath is someone who picks up and absorbs the energies and feelings of everyone around them in their physical environment – sometimes to a very extreme and overwhelming level. Their acute sensitivity is the filter through which they experience life. Because I didn’t know I was one for so long, I really struggled with all the emotions I was absorbing- especially the stressful ones, for which I found a coping mechanism in food.

When you are an Empath or a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), it is essential to learn how to ground back down into your body, so you can stop relying on food to do this for you. Nature can be a source of solace, healing, insight, and regeneration. Whether you are out in the wilderness, or in your own backyard, being and communing with nature is also a source of wonder. It is a place where we can be inspired, recharge our batteries, get our hands dirty, engage with the elements, the awesome beauty of nature, and its power.

If you have been feeling obsessed and out of control around food, take some time to connect physically with the earth and natural world. Grounding back down into your body is essential. Hug a tree, or lay in the grass. Sit yourself down and breathe. Take off your shoes and feel the earth under your feet. Remember that nature is your greatest restorer.

Author's Bio: 

Elizabeth Mauro is a Certified Health Coach who works with women who have struggled with food and weight for years. Through shifting their focus to an integrated understanding of themselves and their behavior with food, her clients are able to make changes on all levels of belief and behavior.

You can learn more about her work by visiting www.ElizabethMauro.com. She can also be found at www.facebook.com/ElizabethMauroHealth