3 simple steps to stop emotional eating.
Here is a statistic for ya….
“75 percent of over eating is caused by emotions.”
I think that is an amazing statistic don’t you ? I mean Wow.
I was never one to eat when I’m sad or angry, scared etc. I was always the one watching those who do going “How can you EAT at a time like this?!” Though I am not perfect. I HAVE though, eaten when I am bored. You do see it in movies all the time though don’t we ?
We ALL know this scene
I mean there she is…A girl, crying, sobbing just been dumped by her boyfriend and what ?! uh oh, there she goes, she’s walking to the freezer, she opens it up and grabs the ice cream, goes to the cabinet and reaches for hot fudge sauce, and what would it be without M&M’s right?, uh oh, here comes..Well yea of course the whip cream. I mean come on what is anything without ..whip cream?!.. Then she goes to the living room couch and sits down next to the biggest box of Kleenex in the world. There she is folks, sitting on her couch sobbing into the ice cream she is about to polish off… and in about 10 minutes…..
really regret doing it.
Why DO we do that? …Does it REALLY make us feel better? ….And I mean longer than it takes us to eat it…
When did we get emotional about food, and when did it become …..Our best buddy ?
So, why do we keep doing it over and over ? I mean, it doesn’t really solve the problem. The problem is still there and….. NOW….. you feel………FAT ?! Gimme a break right?!
Food for thought
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” —Albert Einstein
Well Einstein was pretty smart, so I decided to take his word for it and try something different. My way wasn’t working………………….. so I thought…..
What if I tried a different approach this time ? and tried new ways of handling emotional eating .
3 simple steps that always work for me.
When I am tired, bored or about to reach for something I would be better off thinking about first, I do this and it has never ever failed to work for me. I’m not an emotional eater but like I said, I have eaten from boredom before. When I reach for something I’m feeling not so great about…I already know it’s not a good idea really. You can talk yourself into a lot of stuff when you’re tired, bored or upset.. I do this now….
Take a breath
Now before you eat whatever you are zoning in on.. Ask yourself these 3 questions .
You are So worth that and the 30 seconds it will take you to think about the answers…
1. Am I REALLY hungry?
Sometimes we will eat because we are bored. Not REALLY hungry, just bored. I think probably most everyone has done this at one time or another. Like I said, I know I have in the past. It fills time and gives us something to fill our boredom with. But how smart is that really ? But If when I stop and ask myself “Am I really hungry for that?”
If I’m asking myself this question, the answer is usually no.
2.. Is it really worth how I know I will feel, IF, I eat this?
When I ask myself this, the answer is always…. no.
I hate, repeat… Hate that feeling when I have eaten something and then feel bad about it. My guess is so do you. I inevetibly always feel WORSE than it was EVER was going to taste GOOD. I have learned is this: If I am asking myself this question in the first place, then most likely, it’s not the right choice for me.
3. Is this going to help me get to where I NEED to be in my heart and soul?
You have to ask yourself if it’s going to hurt or really help you get where you want to go with your diet. Closer to your goal… or further away? If you are asking yourself this question, the answer is most likely.. no as well.
I know it can be hard to stop, walk away and go pick up the healthier choice. Even.. Not eat anything at all.
But here it is guys….. Where you decide if you are serious about what you want.
****It’s a continual effort. You have to decide you are strong and worth it.****
There are so many great alternatives to that gallon of ice cream or whatever your weakness is that’s tempting you or if you just look. Do they ALL taste as good as that Haagan Daz? Of course not, but you have to put in a little time and effort to finding the ones that do! They ARE out there ! I have found Amazing, fantastic alternatives that I am telling you are BETTER than some of the things that I used to want and used to be MY weakness ! They are waiting in your local grocery stores and all you have to do is put in some time and effort to find them. Eating because of our emotions is a bad habit we can learn to break if we try. We need to become better aware of who we are and who we become in these situations that trigger our emotions to react and solve the issue with food. We CAN do that!.
We need to take time and ask ourselves what we are feeling and thinking when we reach for the things that we know will set up back. Try asking yourself those 3 questions next time you feel you are about to do something you aren’t sure of or know is going to make you feel worse in the long run than better. You are worth the few seconds it takes to ask and answer those questions and replacing those old “friends” with a few NEW ones and a few new way of handling things that are really going to help you achieve your goals and not keep you from reaching them. Give yourself the chance you deserve. When you finally reach your goal whatever it may be, any work, effort sacrifice or changes you have put into it, will be more than worth it!
**** An upcoming post is all about the products I use everyday to eat right and stay on point and they are all great tasting and healthy alternatives!!****
Are you an emotional eater ? I would love to know how you deal with it and if you have ever tried these tips I gave here and if they worked for you. Tell me by leaving a comment below!. 😉
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