<strong>If you’re struggling with emotional eating, you are not alone.
I catch myself doing it – only the other day I sat down in front of my computer and opened a bag of Terra processors up and started shoveling them in. I stopped myself before I ate the entire bag since I became conscious of what I was doing. Commonly, when we eat due to emotions, it’s common to “check out” and simply not be present.
I stopped and asked myself “Am I really hungry?” And the reply was no- I realized that I was not interest. So I place the chips away and went for a walk.
I have been practicing being aware about my food choices for quite some time, so I was able to immediately use the tools in my tool box to get back on course.
Here are a few helpful hints which you can practice to end emotional eating, if you desire some tools in your toolbox.
#1 – Do Not keep trash in the house.
I’m certain you have heard this one before, and that is because it works. You won’t be tempted if it’s not in the house. I understand- your dog, your children, your partner – won’t be happy with you for depriving them. But it will not kill them to eat more healthy.
Psychological eating becomes too easy, when there is tempting junk food in the house. Case in point, you come home after an awful day at work and the whole ride home all you can think about is drowning your sorrows in the pint of Ben & Jerry’s that you know is in the deep freezer. The food ends up serving as a cause- so only eliminate it.
#2 – Find a healthier option.
Rather than focusing on grabbing ice cream when you get home, you have to find a substitute. Instead of reaching for food when you’re stressed, take the dog outside for a walk or talk about how stressful your day was with your adoring partner or best friend.
When you create new behaviours, you really create new neural pathways – which means that you simply create new customs. So long Ben & Jerry, hello work out equipment!!
It’s much simpler to catch for healthy food when you’re hungry if it’s on hand and in sight. Research demonstrates that people that leave healthful foods in basic sight make better food choices. Some means you can implement this for yourself: A bowl of fresh fruit on the kitchen counter. Cut up veggies and keep them easy with some hummus at eye level in the fridge. If coffee is a cause for an unhealthy muffin or donut, see when you can replace your coffee for a green smoothie.
You must sit your arse down at the kitchen table should you be going to eat. You’re able to eat more mindfully when you plate your food, whether it’s a meal or a snack. Think about the last time you sat with food in front of the TV or computer. Do you really remember eating the food? How about feeling fulfilled?
When you sit down and actually pay attention to what you are eating and how much you are eating, the inclination will be to eat less because you’re able to detect those signals that get sent from your belly to your brain telling you that you’re “full” — and when you are in touch with your body’s signals, you naturally prevent yourself from overeating.
I love to light scented candles at dinner, it helps place a pleasant relaxing mood! Maybe you enjoy scented soaps or fresh flowers. I know you might feel a sense of control when you eat what you want and be damned with everyone else, but afterward, the remorse and emotions make you beat yourself up incessantly. Take the opportunity which you surround yourself and need to be kind to yourself.