Eating is a part of life, your body gets its nutrients from food but sometimes we can go overboard with our eating habits and it can result in gaining weight. For me, food was more than a source of nourishment, it was my way of comfort and escape.
The problem of emotional eating may end with the scale but it begins in the mind. Daily stresses and family life can take its toll on your life. When your defences are compromised your health takes a hit and so do your emotions.
Everyone has good days and bad days but for an emotional eater it is the bad ones that will drive us towards the closest fast food joint seeking out our next hit. When you are about to feed your feelings you are actually looking for comfort, for a distraction from what is upsetting you. Emotional eating became my coping mechanism, food didn’t judge me or say hurtful things to me. As weird as it sounds, emotional eating gave me a small sense of control over situations I had no control over. I was hiding behind the food instead of seeking solutions to the problems.
To complicate the issue, eating pleasurable foods can stimulate the release of endorphins just like exercise. So, after you eat, you feel better.
But, how do you know you are using food in this way? Looking at the signs of emotional hunger might help you.
Signs of emotional hunger:
- It comes on suddenly and once you get that thought in your mind you need that hit now!
- You are craving certain foods whether it is salty or sweet, you need to have it straight away. There have been lots of times that I have found myself in the pantry with a jar of Nutella and a spoon.
- It becomes mindless. You are eating without enjoying it, eating without feeling, eating to hide the pain.
- You are left with feelings of guilt and shame
When we are using food for comfort we are often choosing highly processed foods with next to no nutrients at all. Some of the key players are:
- High fat foods and fried foods
- High carb foods
- Sugary foods
What can you do if you are an emotional eater? Well I am here to tell you that it is not the end of the world, I myself, am a former emotional eater and there are times when my old habits try and control me again. The difference now is that I have the tools needed and I now no longer need food to comfort me.
I know from experience that the only way you are going to truly be free is by first addressing your current situation. There are so many mindsets, habits and fears that lock us into our current lives and hold us there. Once we remove those thoughts of self-doubt, self-sabotage and self-loathing we are able to address the real issues.
If you are reading this and would like to know more on who I am and what I do, then I invite you to join me in my free 7-day emotional eating challenge.
During this challenge I am going to share with you the things that I have learnt through my own personal experience and give you super simple tips and tools that you can implement and use right away.
I would love to see you in this challenge, find out more HERE.
Big Hugs xxx
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