Erase Emotional Eating
Are there events happening in your life right now that are creating feelings of either loneliness, anxiousness, exhaustion, boredom, or depression? Do you find yourself in a cycle of turning to food to fix your feelings? If you answered "yes" you are probably like most Americans, an emotional eater. Many people turn to food, especially sugary and fatty foods to provide comfort when life gets tough. The down fall of emotional eating is that it makes you feel even worse after you have consumed the food. Most people that emotionally eat feel worse after eating because they feel guilty, think they are weak or fat, speak internal negative thoughts, or continue to binge. Do you want tips to erase emotional eating? Check out these 8 ways to bring more intention into your life when it comes to dealing with your emotions and food.
First, let me share that I am a recovering emotional eater (click the link for more help with food addictions). This is why I feel I can share these tips to help you overcome the cycle and have a better relationship with food. I use to turn to food for comfort, especially fatty foods like cheesy pastas or ice cream. It was how I use to deal with feelings of loneliness, depression, anger, or anxious stress. I found that my relationship with food was abusive. I would eat until the point of discomfort because I just wanted to feel different than the emotions I was combating. I would eat and think "this will make me happy." How I felt afterward was the complete opposite. How I felt was ruined. I felt "fat," "guilty," "ashamed," "unloved," "gross," and "weak." My internal dialogue was horrible. I bullied myself.
How did I get out of this cycle? I learned the practice of intention and self-love. First, yoga and meditation helped me to be with myself and not my thoughts. After that, exercise and dance groups helped me to move forward and enjoy my body. Finally, body-building helped me to be disciplined and see my full strength; both internally and externally. Within all of these practices and communities I learned about self-worth. I also educated myself about food and the human body. My personal choices gave me strategies to deal with emotions in a more positive way. Now, I am not telling you to do the activities that I did, but I will list the steps that I still turn to today when I get those emotional eating pangs. I do get the urge to respond to emotion with food now and then, but I never let it catch me because I know I'm worth more. Here are 8 ways to erase emotional eating.
I recommend trying out all of these, especially numbers one and two. Hydration is generally what we need, not pizza. And of course, exercise is fundamental to a healthy mind, body and spirit. Please be kind to yourself, too. Check-in with your hunger or cravings and your emotions. Here's how to tell if you're physically hungry or having an emotional response. If you're physically hungry: eat. If you're just having emotional hunger try my steps. Check out this chart to help you recognize your food relationship. Please contact me if you want support with emotional eating. In addition, I have found that meal prepping and meal plans have been one of my saving graces.
I am a new mother who has her hands full! I juggle not just my coaching business, but I am also a full time educator. I also teach yoga in the Bay Area, and I mentor first generation college students.