One of the things that come up often in my work with my clients is how they deal with their emotions. We all experience different emotions throughout a given day. Those emotions can be sadness, happiness, stress, anxiety, boredom or many others. It is totally normal to experience these emotions from time to time, but how you cope with them is key.
So let me ask you a question: How do you handle your emotions?
Do you look for support from someone close to you?
Do you journal how you are feeling and use one of your coping mechanisms to help you get through it?
Or, do you reach for food?
Do you find yourself reaching into the food cabinets when these emotions arise? How do you feel after you eat your “go-to” mood fixer food?
As an emotional eater you use food as a way to solve your problems, so you think. But in reality, food will not make these problems go away. They will certainly distract you for a time but once you stop eating, the problem and your feelings will still be there. You sadness, anxiety, boredom or stress, will still need to be addressed. But now, there is likely some added guilt and physical discomfort from overeating.
Does this sound like you?
If it does, know you are not alone.
Here are 4 steps you can take today to move away from emotional eating:
- Acknowledge when you turn to food to comfort your emotions. Are you choosing foods to help numb your emotion? What emotions are you feeling in that moment? Take a moment to breathe and think about what you are doing. Journal what comes up for you.
- Stop and listen to your body before turning to food. What are you truly feeling? If you can honestly say you are hungry, then by all means you should eat….a well-balanced power snack or meal. But if you are being true to yourself and really want to help yourself, you won’t automatically say “I’m hungry”. Instead, you will think about what you are feeling and how you can comfort yourself without turning to food.
- Seek support from a loved one or counselor. Talking through your emotions instead of eating through them is an amazing feeling.
- Journal things that you enjoy doing that can distract your during your emotional times. Take a walk, do a puzzle, read a book, etc. Figure out what works best for you.
Let’s dig even deeper into how to end emotional eating.
Join me on Thursday, October 13th for a free live training called A Simple (and Delicious) Way to End Emotional Eating.