3 Ways to Stop Yourself from Emotional Eating!
I wish I could tell you that I had a magic pill you could take where you’d wake up tomorrow and be free of emotional eating forever. Unfortunately, there’s not. I won’t lie to you, breaking up with emotional eating can be hard. I’m not going to say that I have it all together, because I don’t. But I have figured out a thing or two about breaking up with emotional eating over the past few years and now I’m sharing my tips with you. You could learn from someone who’s been there, done that, and bought the T-Shirt.
#1 You’ll Have to Say NO!
There will be times where you’ll want to turn to your good friend (food) when you’re stressed, sad, angry, bored, etc. You’ll decide “Today in this moment, it’s totally worth it.” But when those times are too frequent, like every day or multiple times a day, you’ve got to put your food down at some point and just say “NO!” The pattern of behavior isn’t going to change if we just keep allowing it. You’ll have to say NO and find another way to deal with all the emotions that’s going on other than eating that chocolate cake. Which leads me to my next point….
#2 Chocolate Cake Won’t Make It Better
I wish I could tell you that diving face first into that delicious chocolate cake will make all your problems go away, but in reality it won’t. There’s the conscious part of our brain that knows that, but then our subconscious brain tells us that chocolate cake will solve all the world’s problems.
For me, sugar is my drug of choice. It can come in the form of a cupcake, cookie or ice cream. It’s my go to when I’m ready to numb the pain. And it does. Momentarily. But at some point, you’ll have to deal with your emotions. It took me years to come to this realization because I had been turning to food for years. It was my best friend in my time of need and I wasn’t ready to let it go. But I had to face the fact that it was also my worst enemy in that it didn’t actually help and caused more harm to my health than good.
#3 You’ve Got To LOVE Yourself!
I will tell you that this was the #1 hardest challenge for me. For years, I didn’t like the girl staring back at me in the mirror. I didn’t feel like I was attractive enough, thin enough, good enough, likable enough…. I could go on and on. I struggled with my self worth.
I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror and I certainly didn’t know how to love myself, even if I wanted to. It took a lot of soul searching, therapy, and hard work to get to a place where I could learn to love myself. There are still days (weeks and months) that I have to make that a priority.
If you struggle in this area, I encourage you to invest the time you need for self love. Google the topic, search it on Pintrest, find a great personal development book that call out to you. You are so worth it! You are beautiful inside and out and I want you to know that!
Stay tuned over the next few days as I share with you more strategies and tips to overcome emotional eating!
At some point in your life as an emotional eater, you have definitely wondered “Why do I DO this?!”
You tell yourself tomorrow will be different and that you won’t keep chocolate in the house anymore. You swear you’ll never eat Krispy Kream again because it gives you a headache. You promise that you’ve learned your lesson this time – feeling this full is no fun and you’ll be moderating your portion sizes from now on.
I told myself these things for years. So. Many. Years.
I’d get frustrated at myself for causing my body and mind so much pain with my food choices… which weren’t choices so much as rationalizations and self-sabotage I called ‘choice’ to make it feel more empowering.
But I wasn’t empowered at all. And if you’re asking yourself “Why do I do this… why did I eat that… why didn’t I stop…?”, you’re not either.
But you can be.
I want to show you how. Let’s get on a call where I will help you identify your number one emotional eating trigger and give you at least one technique to stop yourself from eating at those times, stop yourself from feeling guilty and maybe even help you drop a couple of lbs.
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