You look in the mirror a gazillion times a day. But do you really see yourself? Let’s face it, my sistah. No amount of grooming, fancy clothes, or denial will truly hide the facts about your eating.
Mindless eating, Nervous eating. Emotional eating. Why do you do it?
Comfort. The immediate gratification of eating a favorite food can ease the stress, numb the pain, quiet the critics, bring excitement when bored, or any number of things to fill the gaps in your life.
But how do you feel after you eat that special something? The good feeling and flavor don’t last very long, do they?
Emotional eating is a habit that can sabotage any weight loss aspirations you might have–no matter how hard you try. You many lose the weight, but it will be next to impossible to keep it off. I know, I’m there. You are not alone.
Here’s something I’m having some success with that you might want to try:
Take just a few minutes, pull out a pen and paper and fold the paper into two columns. On one side, write down situations and/or people that trigger your urge to eat. Just bringing your attention to these triggering events can help you see your eating behavior more clearly–and break the chain of emotional eating.
Now on the other side, write down non-food alternative activities you can do instead of eating. Think out of the box! These activities don’t have to be expensive, or time consuming. Rather, you’re creating a list of things you can turn to rather than the fridge, take-out, or the snack aisle. Put this list in a prominent place where you’ll see it regularly. Make copies if you have to, and place them strategically in your home and work space.
What about you? What are some of your triggers? What alternative activities or responses can you do instead of eating? Please share! We all need to learn!
Want to learn more about emotional eating? We’ve got a great article in our newsletter WHOLE with more tips and insights on this very common challenge. Have a look!