Weight Loss 4 Wellness – Episode 5 ~ My Growing Appetite Awareness

negative feelings word cloudThis whole journey with Dawn helping me to look hard at the emotions and thought processes I have going on in my head and heart when I’m eating, has been very empowering. I feel like all my life up to this point has been all about the food… what can I eat, what can’t I eat, when can I eat, when can’t I eat, how much can I eat, and on and on and on… But with Dawn, she has me looking at how I feel and what I’m thinking when I’m eating.

The shift is that my focus is no longer on the food, it’s now on me and what’s going on within me.

My biggest learning from this session was that I am fully capable of retraining my brain in its responses to food. Dawn pointed out that being able to leave food on a plate now because I’m aware of being full is a huge reawakening of my body’s ability to know when to stop eating. Everyone is born with that ability but most of us eventually stop listening.

Have you ever tried a weight loss program that doesn’t talk about the food, but instead supports you in looking at your emotions and thoughts before during and after eating? Please share your experience in the comments area below. Looking forward to hearing from you!


TRISH ROBICHAUD is an award-winning Life & Business Coach who lives with MS. She teaches women living with chronic illness or disability how to honour and accommodate their health as a foundation for life. Book a free OPTIMAL HEALTH or HEALTHY BUSINESS Strategy Session at www.ChangingPaces.com or www.MSrelief.com.


  1. Brilliant post and I really enjoyed reading such worthwhile writing information!! To learn crucial points of weight loss I’ve found mentioned information very educative. Lacking of knowledge can cause bad effects during weight loss period, so that’s why I don’t like to take chances with my body. Thanks for being a good writer.

  2. Wooow oooooi really enjoyed reading your blog post.. Nice write up. Thanks for this post.

  3. Hi Trish.People only think that the diet is only way to lose weight but it is also the mind.Some people overeat because they lack sweetness in their lives so try find sweetness from eating food but this kill them slowly in the form of chronic illness.

    • I think of the word “diet” as a 4-letter word. 🙂 A “diet” in my mind is a temporary state. A “nutritional plan” on the other hand is a life-long endeavour. Interesting comment about the sweetness factor missing in people’s lives. Definitely going to percolate on that one for a while. Thanks for commenting Jim! ~Trish:-)

  4. Understanding when you are full is fundamental if you want to keep your weight down understanding the signals from your brain is something you will learn.

  5. Hello Trish, first of all I would like to thank you for the nice sharing on this blog. The content of your message here is something that everyone should reflect upon. Truly, diet is everyone’s concern particularly those who would love to live a healthy life like you.

  6. What I love from this post is the fact that it is very informative and the thoughts are straight to the point. Indeed, food is one of our basic needs, however, as the old adage says, that which is too much is harmful. Thus, our survival here on earth is not only about whether or not we eat, but also it is a matter of deciding what to eat. Thanks for making me get interested reading and commenting on your post. You’re such an attention getter!

  7. Amazing post! As a working woman, there is lot to do. Managing between home and office is sometimes so difficult but still I know, it is also important for me. I suggest everyone the same. Working out is very helpful for losing weight. Set aside time for the exercise and complying on these ideas may help you achieve your goal. Once outfit will look greater you will not be connected to issues like heart problems, obesity, tiredness etc.

  8. One of the things that makes people not get the weight loss results that they want is that they may occassionally be starving their bodies.

    There are two basic ways that this can happen. One is for it to be done inadvertently—like when you just get busy and forget to eat.

    Another is when you purpose deprive your body of food to try and “speed up” your results.

    • I think that’s because we’re brought up in our North American society to put ourselves last and that suffering is honourable. Fortunately, I’m learning to be gentler on myself now. Thanks for your comment Booba. ~Trish:-)

  9. Emotional eating can be detrimental to weight loss, especially because most people don’t eat a salad when they are in need of a fix. Although it’s not always like that, as you mentioned, sometimes it’s how we’ve trained our minds against it’s normal pattern of full = stop eating. I must say I gained some weight recently on a holiday, but it was happy weight that I was totally aware was going to happen.

    • Thanks for your insightful comment Chanelle! Emotional eating is the root of most women’s over-eating issues. I love that you’re in acceptance mode with the “happy weight” – that tells me that it won’t be “permanent weight”. 😉 ~Trish:-)

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