Not surprisingly, addiction (including food addiction) is a problem that occurs when the Sacral Chakra becomes over-active. The Sacral Chakra is about feeling good ... it needs to feel good; and allowing an indulgence in food (occasionally) is one way to make this energy center feel good. Not only does the food itself make our energy feel good, so do the relationships and recreation associated with the food. So, what can happen is that the energy of the Sacral Chakra can sometimes have a hard time sorting out the differences between who and/or what makes it feel good. It (sacral energy) can begin associating its own stimulation with food itself, rather than the experiences that are associated with it.
What messes us up in the Sacral Chakra is that it is the home to emotions, relationships, and tastes... What a combination! It’s no wonder we have so much emotional confusion surrounding the food we eat. But part of successfully balancing the Sacral Chakra involves learning to sort out those 3 things in a way that feels healthy.
Although food is often at the center of our relationship activities, we cannot allow ourselves to attach the food to the relationships or the activities. And, we cannot detach ourselves from food to the point where our activities or relationships suffer either. AND we also have to remember that food is a gift to our Sacral Chakra, and if we spend too much time denying our energy of that gift, we will also suffer. So much to balance!
I would recommend starting your food exploration by first learning to recognize what emotions, memories, or experiences you have attached to those foods that you seem to be the most connected to. Then, think of ways you might re-route those patterns or connections. For me, I decided that rather than indulging in ice cream when I am in need of excitement that I would read a book or watch an exciting movie. I still eat ice cream, but only occasionally and only when I’m sure that it isn’t for any kind of emotional reason.
It may take you awhile to figure out all of the food attachments that you’re dealing with. That’s ok. As you discover these connections, make no judgments of yourself. Just approach each new discovery with gentleness towards yourself as you come up with a new (healthier) way to change your patterns.
Another suggestion that I have for sorting out your food/relationship/emotion/fun tangle is to make sure you are taking time on a regular basis to feed your Sacral Chakra with things that aren’t food. Make sure you are taking enough time to cultivate your relationships with others; make time for your family and friends. Engage in new and fun experiences. The more your energy is fueled with fun, the less it will crave food. Just be sure that you still give your Sacral Chakra a taste of something delicious every once in awhile (I find that a little taste of quality chocolate once a day keeps my Sacral Chakra satisfied).
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