Do you still eat your dessert when you are full because you are bored or stressed? Do you eat when you are angry, sad or need to feel better? All of us have done this from time to time. This is known as emotional eating, and it is just not a good idea. In fact, when we are stuck in an emotional eating cycle, it leads to unhealthy eating habits. Calories and pounds pack on without us noticing. Before we know it, we are 20, 30, or 50 pounds heavier than we were six months ago. There is light at the end of the tunnel, however, and we can turn this around.
First, we need to learn to recognize the difference between emotional hunger and physical hunger. Emotional hunger triggers comfort foods, such as grandma’s vegetable soup or your favorite ice cream, while physical hunger comes on gradually and often is felt by an empty stomach. Also, emotional hunger goes way past the limit of you being full. What do you mean I ate that whole bag of chips?! When we are physically hungry, our bodies tell us when to stop and we should listen to this signal. Likewise, emotional eating cravings are not located in the stomach. Rather, they are located in the mind. Think about this. When you see that six-pack of cupcakes in the grocery store’s bakery, you think it would be a great treat. In contrast, physical hunger is when your stomach grows or you feel that pain of an empty stomach.
So, what causes emotional eating? For most people, it is a form of stress. They have a lot on their plate at work, a family illness or financial issues. We live in a fast-paced world, so it could be any number of stressors. They may also eat because they feel empty inside. Emotional eating is a way to fill their boredom or a void in their life. While it takes their mind off their dissatisfaction, it is not the right lifestyle choice. In addition, their childhood habits may influence their emotional eating. Their parents may have rewarded them with ice cream or brownies for a good report card or to cheer them up when they were sad. These habits carry into adulthood, affecting their outlook on food.
It is easy to stop emotional eating. First, keep a food diary and date each entry. For instance, you may have eaten a brownie on December 9 to cheer yourself up over a flat tire. Now, write how else you could have handled it. Be creative. You will find that the more you journal, the more you will reveal patterns behind your eating habits. Keep track of what triggers these urges and then you can move forward to change them.
Let us be realistic. This is not going to happen overnight, nor should it. Do not be too hard on yourself. Emotional eating is a tough habit to break, but it is possible to do it. It is all about living healthy and getting to a healthy weight. If you need encouragement, seek out a friend to encourage you along the way. There is no reason you should have to go about this journey alone. Best of luck and keep up the hard work. You can get on the path to good health if you just have faith. Best of luck!
Say Goodbye To Emotional Eating With This
Emotional eating is the enemy of a slim healthy body. Discover how you can say “goodbye” to your emotional eating for good.
This short tip, when applied in your life, can make a dramatic difference:
“The fewer decisions you make about your diet, the better off you are” Dr. Oz.
Heal Emotional Eating
Emotional or stress eating is triggered when we are unhappy, anxious or feel bad about ourselves.
Eating to satisfy an emotional response does not end when you are physically satisfied. Dieting does not help as it is usually advisory on health and food choices.
Ending emotional eating is never easy. We have to do a lot of work on ourselves to understand our feelings, which isn’t easy.
Going away for a wellness and detoxification retreat can provide you with time and space to recognize why you stress-eat. While it may not result in a closure of emotional issues, it can be the first step toward ending emotional eating.
The woman who wrote the book ‘Heal Emotional Eating for Good’ and is in Bali to show you how to end the cycle and continue on with healthy habits that help build and restore your mind and body.