Ever find yourself indulging in food during times of stress, anxiety, anger or sadness? Well, you are not alone. A lot of people turn to food for comfort as a coping mechanism and that’s what you call Emotional Eating.
Eating your way to relieve negative emotions may sound “normal” and not alarming but it’s actually a maladaptive coping strategy that can increase your risk of developing eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia nervosa. (Wikipedia) Aside from the fact that it can also sabotage your weight loss or clean eating journey if you are trying to shed a few pounds or having a goal to eat healthy.
The good news here is that you can regain control of your eating habits and help yourself get out of this Emotional Eating rut. If you are prone to emotional eating or know a loved one who is suffering from this, here are some helpful tips and strategies to overcome it.
Keep a food journal.
It’s good to be able to take note of what you eat, the quantity, mood and the corresponding date and time to get a clear understanding of the patterns and episodes of your emotional eating. This will serve as your guide to your goal of overcoming emotional eating.
Know that it will pass.
It is important to put in mind that negative emotions are normal and that you don’t need to do anything to prevent or escape from it. Just ride the waves and soon, it will pass.
Cope with stress in a healthy way.
I know that ignoring these negative emotions is hard to do that’s why you turn to food for comfort. But food isn’t the only solution to your problems. Find other healthy coping strategies such as talking to a friend, deep breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, prayer and a lot more!
If it’s not in the house, you’ll limit the chances of giving in to unhealthy comfort foods. So remove all those junk and replace it with healthy food options.
Show yourself some love.
Don’t deprive yourself from relaxation and comfort. Being in a good mood and surrounding yourself with things that make you feel good will surely help remove those negative vibes and blues. Whether it’s a hearty & healthy meal, a long warm bath complete with scented candles, a good music or pampering yourself with a massage, do things that yourself will thank you for. You deserve it!