About our guest: Bracha Goetz is the Harvard-educated author of 41 books that help children’s souls shine and a candid memoir for adults about overcoming food addictions joyfully.
Bracha’s Story Bracha gradually developed disordered eating habits characterized by food addiction. This behavior began during her teenage years when she felt immense pressure to maintain a thin physique. She engaged in restrictive dieting, which alternated with episodes of uncontrollable binge eating. Despite her struggles, she appeared physically healthy, making it difficult for others to detect her suffering. The addiction gradually took over, affecting Bracha’s intellectual abilities, emotions, and energy. It became a prison that seemed to be closing in on her. Desperate for healing, she searched for ways to recover from her food addictions, which had taken control of her life. Bracha realized that her food addiction was rooted in a constant search for pleasure due to a sense of scarcity. However, when she started to recognize the abundance of pleasures available in life, her perspective shifted from scarcity to abundance. This change in mindset helped her overcome her overeating habits. In this episode of Happy and Healthy Mind with Dr. Rozina, Bracha shared tips on how she was able to:
identify the root cause of overeating
find joy while eating
adopt a healthier lifestyle
increase self-fulfillment and sense of joy
Bracha’sTips for Overcoming Food Addiction (The Pleasure Ladder) 1.Identifythe areas where you feel a sense of lack (this is usually the reason why we overeat) 2. Utilize the ‘Pleasure Ladder’ to overcome emptiness and be filled with gratitude (watch the video to learn more about this) 3. Practice mindful eating 4. Celebrate whatever progress you achieve and take it day by day If you want to learn the details on how to implement these tips, watch the full episode below:
The reason we tend to overeat even after having a nutritious meal is that we crave the pleasure that food provides. Being creatures who seek pleasure, we tend to overlook the abundance of other pleasures that life has to offer. By acknowledging and appreciating these other pleasures, we can feel more fulfilled and overcome the urge to overeat. -Bracha Goetz