Gina Ryan and the Connection Between Food and Anxiety


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I begin this episode by sharing a quick, thoughtful exercise that’s useful when you’re tired of chasing your tail with anxious, fraught thinking. It’s called “A Codependent’s Checklist for Navigating Hard Times”,

Here are some of the questions I asked in the essay:

☐ Am I being preachy?

☐ Am I being ‘helpful’?

☐ Am I being charming for my own gain?

☐ Am I trying to force a solution?

☐ Am I zoned out and trying to avoid reality?

☐ Do I feel unsafe?

☐ Have I asked for help if I need it?

☐ Have I forgotten I’m not in charge?

☐ Do I still think I can figure my way out of this mess?

☐ Have I forgotten to meet my own needs?

☐ What do I actually need right now?

☐ What am I afraid of right now?

Why not pull out a notebook and give these questions a shot. They don’t have to take long at all … you do know the answers, I assure you.

While we’re at it, do you want to deal with your anxiety? Gina Ryan, host of The Anxiety Coaches podcast has your back in this episode’s interview. As a nutritionist and anxiety thought leader in Maui, Hawaii, she finds many subtle and important connections between food, anxiety and our general level of well-being. But that’s not all … Gina and I got into all sorts of interesting material here.

Among other things, we covered:
  • The important connection between anxiety and food
  • Why do we eat from boredom?
  • How to override the usual snack cues
  • How to manage anxiety throughout the day
  • The impact of screen time on anxiety
  • Repressed grief and its impact on anxiety
  • Some anxiety soothers you can implement right now.

Enjoy … And, hey, don’t forget to breathe!


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More About Gina

Gina is an Anxiety Coach and Nutritionist who struggled with general anxiety, panic and agoraphobia for over 20 years. She is also host of The Anxiety Coaches podcast. Gina consults as the nutritionist for Hawaii's only residential Eating Disorder Center and was the nutritionist for an Intensive Outpatient Center for 8 years. Using her knowledge and wisdom of the mind-body and spirit to help clients clear their food related anxiety, obsessions and compulsions.

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