How to stop emotional eating
Emotional eating is something that has affected my life. Endless days of reaching for food to solve my stresses.
People are either emotional overeaters or under eaters. This post is mainly going to focus on tips for overeaters.
So why do we overeat?
Well, from a young age food has been seen as comfort, when we fell over we were given a treat even at happy times food would be a comfort So we have trained our habits to turn to food when we are emotional.
When things get overwhelming, sad, and stressful we often turn to food to fix. What I firstly want to say is you are not alone, loads of women do this. Yes we don’t talk about it, but so many people are doing it.
Here are my top 5 tips to reduce emotional eating
1. When you get home go upstairs
When you get home don’t go straight to the fridge and look inside. There is nothing in there that will make you feel better. Go upstairs have a shower, wash off the day and relax in bed doing some deep noising breathing, have a bath or light a candle and nourish yourself. Food doesn’t really fix it.
2. Make a list
What is stressing you out? Write down a list, let it all out, write everything down. Then make a to do list. Is there something you can do right now to help it? If so do it now, it will make you feel so much better. Even if it’s a broken heart then make a list of lovely things you can do for yourself, book in a date night with a girlfriend and spoil yourself.
3. Switch your inner dialogue
What sort of things do you tell yourself? I’m a pig… I’m always unlucky… I’m always stressed. What you tell yourself you become. Make sure you are kind to yourself, turn off that self loathing tape and switch to kind nourishing words like I am good enough, I eat mindfully, I am relaxed and calm. Having a positive inner dialogue will make you happier and make you less likely to binge.
4.Eat in front of people
Emotional eating often happens secretly. Eating in front of people makes a big difference. It makes you slow down and it makes you happier. Try and have meals with friends, family partners. sharing food with people makes you less likely to binge.
Instead of reaching for the ice-cream, reach for some water, coconut water or fizzy water. Hydrating will make you feel full, and like you are filling yourself up with something and stop you from overeating. A cup of herbal tea does wonders!
Other things that cause over eating are not eating a balanced diet so try and eat protein with every meal, reduce sugar intakes and DON’T skip meals.
Make sure to breathe. We all emotional eat here and there, but hopefully these tips will help combat it for the future. it’s all about carving new habits into you life, believe in yourself and you will be able to do it.
What emotional eating tips do you have? leave a comment below…