Are You An Emotional Eater?
Week 1: Emotional Eating is Downright Unhealthy
This week, I want you to really focus on only eating when you are physically hungry. This is one of the most important parts of transforming your body from unhealthy to healthy. So many people eat solely based off of emotions; when they are sad, mad, frustrated, and most importantly, bored. We have talked about this in the past, and I have asked you to try start working on stopping it in the past. Now, it is time to completely cut it out of your life!
When our emotions rise, our brains tell ourselves that we are hungry, but that is just to fill that emotional void. You aren’t actually hungry, and once you eat, you will truly feel satisfied, but you actually aren’t. In fact, you aren’t satisfied anymore once you are full. That is because your brain trying to help you fix your emotional problems by fueling them with comfort, and food is often our main comfort. Here are a couple ways you can stop eating emotionally and start using a technique called mindful eating (being wary of when, why, and what you are eating).
If you are feeling emotional and get a sudden craving, wait five minutes before you give in. That’s it, just five minute and you are giving yourself a chance to fight it. During that time, you are going to really want to give in; your brain will be telling you that waiting is the wrong thing to do, but you need to fight it and remember, if it is still there in five minutes, then maybe you really are hungry. Also, remember the two main negative aspects that will happen if you give in: guilt and fat.
Another great way to stop emotional eating is by drinking water. Many times, our brain misguides us into thinking we need food, when most of the time water will satisfy that craving. So, the next time you have a wild craving, drink 6-8 oz of water and give it a few minutes to soak in. You won’t even realize it right away, but your craving will have subsided and you will have moved on!
Lastly, here are a few tricks:
Sad? Reach for a book instead of that ice cream!
Mad? Vent to a person, not to food!
Frustrated? Take a few deep breaths and drink some water.
Bored? Go online, read a book, or call a friend.
Thanks for reading and I hope you will start Week 1 of 2019 on the healthy foot with the rest of us! Everyone here is trying to better themselves and we would love for you to join us. It is simple and free! Just subscribe below, follow our articles and challenges weekly. Every time you have a question, feel like you are falling off, or even make a booboo and eat a dozen donuts, leave a comment for support and to see how you aren’t the only one!
Kim Shapira M.S.,R.D.