Anita Johnston Ph.D. author of Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationship with Food Through Myths, Metaphors, and Storytellingsays certain qualities of foods can be associated with certain feelings or suppression of certain feelings. For example:
- Cravings for warm foods such as soups or stews = Longing for emotional warmth in our lives.
- Cravings for sweets = Missing the sweetness in our lives or trying to make ourselves “sweeter.”
- Cravings for spicy foods = Indicate a need for intellectual or emotional stimulation, or a desire to “spice up one’s life.”
- Craving crunchy, salty foods = Frustration or the need to express anger.
Her metaphors and stories are helpful in my weight loss class when we talk about emotional eating. Johnston helps people free themselves from disordered eating by discovering the metaphors that are hidden in their own life stories.