Jenn Hand knew she had issues with anxiety and depression. When she started seeing a therapist, she didn’t connect those issues to her difficulties with food. She had been alternating between restricting and binging – crazy eating was just her everyday experience.
Her therapist asked Jenn to start keeping a food journal – just what she ate and when she ate it. Then the therapist asked her to add how she felt after she ate. That was challenging. Jenn wasn’t used to looking at her feelings. She had been stuffing them down with food instead.
Slowly, she started to see her patterns of disordered eating. She was able to use her journal as a place to meet her experiences with love and acceptance, and she has found a new level of peace with food and with her life.
Listen to Jenn’s story of how journaling helped her develop the self-awareness to heal her disordered eating and how she continues her journaling as a vital part of her daily self-care.
In this interview, Jenn shares:
- how she got started with journaling about her food
- her favorite analogy for disordered eating
- how her journaling shifted as she started seeing her eating patterns
- how things got worse after she started journaling before they got better
- how journaling shifted from feeling like a lot of work to an essential aspect of her self-care
- how she prepares herself now for stressful situations
- how the quality of her thoughts has changed over time
- her relationship with food and journaling now
- what she does with her old journals
- her best advice for starting a practice like hers
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Have you used journaling to help bring more awareness to a difficult place in your life? Did Jenn inspire you to try journaling now? I’d love to hear from you. Please share in the comments below.