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“If we know we have the ability to create a meaning around the sensations in our system and the things that happen, why don’t we create meaning in our favor to allow ourselves to experience more happiness, joy, bliss, ease and grace?” – Samantha Skelly 

Do you know deep down that it’s time to break free of the cycle of emotional eating from calorie restriction and bingeing to become who you were designed to be? Maybe you use food to numb your pain, and realize you need to start listening inward to your body’s wisdom, in order to stop this practice? In today’s conversation, our Finding Brave expert guest reveals the steps you can start taking right now to reconnect with your intuition, embrace your body, and heal your relationship with food. 

Samantha Skelly is a 7-figure entrepreneur, sought after international speaker, best-selling author, and wellness coaching expert. As a leading authority on disordered eating and body image issues, Samantha has made it her life’s mission to empower women to overcome their struggles with food and body so they can live happy, authentic, and fulfilling lives.

Samantha’s mission was realized in 2014, when she founded Hungry for Happiness, a movement that helps people experience true transformation and happiness through trained certified coaches who utilize emotional and energetic coaching techniques. Hungry for Happiness has provided unique and accessible recovery resources to those suffering in silence. In 2018, Samantha launched her second company, Pause Breathwork, with a mission to unite humanity by helping people breathe, feel, and thrive. Her new book is Hungry for Happiness: Stop Emotional Eating and Start Loving Yourself was just released in September, 2020. 

Samantha’s story is a powerful and uplifting one, and she not only provides wisdom and tactical strategies for conquering emotional eating, but her advice and techniques can apply to so many other areas of our lives.

Highlights from this Episode:

  • How Samantha’s personal journey around her relationship with food impacts the work she does today [4:48]

  • The way she was able to break the cycle she was stuck in, after trying to put a “bandaid on a bullet wound” for many years [9:58]

  • How learning the cues for emotional hunger versus physical hunger can quite literally change your life [15:23]

  • One key question that Samantha feels we need to ask ourselves when we’re about to start emotionally eating [16:45]

  • What happens to our bodies when we eat, and the powerful benefits that breathwork can give us [18:15]

  • Her philosophy on weight loss, or as she calls it, “weight release” [18:53]

  • How Samantha healed the wounds from her childhood, and how that remains an ongoing process [21:12]

  • The role that accountability and true forgiveness play as we progress through our lives [26:58]

  • What she is doing right now to impart her wisdom and expertise to others [29:50]

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Hungry for Happiness 

Pause Breathwork

Samantha’s Latest Book (With Bonuses), Hungry for Happiness: Stop Emotional Eating and Start Loving Yourself 

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert 

Forgive for Good by Dr. Fred Luskin

Episode 44: How To Live In Your Zone of Genius, with Gay Hendricks

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“My whole life was run by numbers, body hatred and self-sabotage. I was fueled by fear every single day, because the worst thing in the world in my mind at the time, was that if I gained weight I wouldn’t be loved.” [7:51]

“I was emotionally hungry for comfort, love, validation and just belonging, but I confused it with needing to eat. I used food as a drug in order to feel the feeling.” [15:30]

“When we’re disconnected from our bodies, we don’t have the knowing to understand what we’re actually hungry for.” [17:28]

“What I know to be true about breathwork, and a lot of techniques that I share in my book, is we have the ability to absolutely create those visceral states in our system throughout the day.” [18:37]

“Oftentimes, physical weight on our body can be a manifestation of the emotional weight that we haven’t yet released.” [19:27]

“It’s so important for us to really acknowledge the parts of us that are immature, frozen in time and undernourished.’ [25:06]

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