A road traveled alone can be very lonely. Until you remove yourself from the isolation of self, the journey can be very rough. Many individuals have found that within a group or fellowship of people with the same concerns or interests, they are able to establish connections. This connectedness relates to feelings of comfort and safety. So, to speak, fitting in and being one among the pack!
I recently learned from Dr. Vera Tarman, author of Food Junkies: The Truth About Food Addiction that this feeling corresponds to serotonin, one of the four neurotransmitters found in the brain. You may have heard of serotonin in connection with depression and its management. Research has found one of the easiest ways to fight against depression is to fight isolation. Forcing interactions with our fellows, by regularly attending support groups, is such an important part of finding a lasting solution to any problem including weight and health.
What you might then ask me is, “So are you saying that one of the best things for me to do is to find people like me? To find my pack and to stick in the middle of it?”
Yes and Yes and Yes! I find this to be the case for so many of those with whom I work. If you have been unsuccessful trying to manage alone, why not try with support from others? You may actually find the solution you have been looking for.
David Avram Wolfe