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Gillian
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Larissa – what a great question – thanks for asking.

Assuming this is addictive (over) eating and not a genuine nutritional need, when you go and have something to eat, your actions are being driven by an addictive desire. I think your addictive desire seems to have ‘gone completely’ because it’s because it has changed into a much more subtle experience, so it seems to be gone.

So it started out huge, you “Worked Through” and in doing so reduced the intensity by regulating your limbic system. But it’s still there, and so you (over) eat again.

Be patient with this, don’t worry too much about it when it happens, but know there is an addictive desire if you are going to eat something. Look for it even if it’s a tiny thought.

Please let me know if you have any questions, or this doesn’t make sense.