We’re struggling to cope, everything’s wrong, nothing’s right. We need a pickup, something that makes us feel better, something that bridges the gap, so we reach for the biscuit tin. We know it isn’t healthy, but it makes us feel better, right?
Emotional eating is a way we right what’s wrong and although we know it’s bad for our health, it means we’ll pile on the pounds. Whether we’re using emotional eating as a way of satisfying feelings of stress, depression and frustration, emotional eating will only make us feel worse.
Decide you’re going to change the way you deal with stress and think about snacking.
If emotional eating is something you’ve done for years, it’s important to practice awareness so you’re consciously aware what is what you’ve been doing.
Deal with and manage stress
Emotional eating is often tied to stress. When we manage our stress, we will think more clearly about what we put into our mouths.
Make lifestyle changes
Lifestyle changes will always need to be made if we are to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Incorporate a healthier lifestyle so you’re not relying on those snacks and include exercise and relaxation as part of those strategies.
Mindfulness is being aware of your thoughts and feelings at any given time, not just around what you eat. When we learn how to stop emotional eating, we will not only control our weight, but will control our emotional health too. Satisfying cravings are a short, sharp fix that will fill a temporary gap, but will never sort out our initial problems.
Cravings will never help with energy, or make us feel good about ourselves. Cravings can only serve to make us ill in the longer term.