Today I’m going to talk about emotional eating. I’m not talking about binge eating, just eating based on how we feel. You see, lots of us (including me) eat when we’re happy, we eat when we’re sad, we eat when we’re bored and we eat when we’re stressed. This is all emotional eating. For example, you’ve had a busy day at work and you’re feeling stressed. Your boss is a real pain in the arse and your co-workers are all backstabbing cows, you get home and want to de stress. You open a bottle of wine and chow down on a family sized bar of fruit and nut whilst watching your favourite soap.
Many of us don’t want to address our emotions if we are unhappy. If we are sad about something, unhappy in a relationship or you dislike your job its easy to turn to food for comfort and ignore the problem, but this won’t make things any better. In fact, it’ll more than likely make things worse. You’ll notice yourself gaining weight, your clothes getting tighter and then you’re faced with being unhappy with your body – another thing to add to your already stressed and down situation.
If you are unhappy in your job then perhaps you can find a hobby that you enjoy to break the work/home routine up. If your routine is to get up, go to work to a job you hate then go home and sit in front of the TV, its easy to get frustrated. Find something you are passionate about to take that frustration away and give yourself something to look forward to. This can be the gym or even something as simple as reading. If you love reading history books then get yourself down to Waterstones (other book stores are available) and buy some new books to get stuck into. Find something you enjoy and do more of it!
If you’re out celebrating a promotion or birthday, you don’t need to celebrate by getting the biggest steak on the menu and eating half a cow plus a cheesecake the size of a dinner plate. Enjoy celebrating but don’t go overboard. You are there to share a special moment with family and friends, not eat until you can’t move.
If your goal is fat loss or simply to live a healthy lifestyle, you have to detach your emotions away from food. Instead of turning to food when you’re bored and have nothing to do, think about your goal and don’t let your emotions rule you. You’ll only mentally beat yourself up for being ‘weak’ if you do give in and that’s a negative mindset you can definitely do without. Negative self-talk and feeling like a failure is going to get you nowhere. Instead, feel proud of yourself for staying on track and for not turning to food. Think about that PB lift you want to get or that size 10 dress you want to fit into.
These emotions will pass so concentrate on the positive and don’t let them stop you from reaching your goals.
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