We’ve all had those days or weeks or even months where we are completely stressed out, depressed, bored, anxious, you name it…and we eat everything in sight. We probably don’t even feel hungry but we eat anyway. And honestly, it’s most likely not healthy foods that we’re consuming. This is what we call emotional eating. How do we stop emotional eating and take control again?
Here are a few tips for the next time you want to eat a whole tub of ice cream:
Pause and ask yourself if you’re truly hungry
If the answer is no, distract yourself. Sometimes our bodies confuse thirst for hunger. Try drinking a glass of water. Then go for a walk, read a book, work on a puzzle, clean around the house, etc.
It’s not all or nothing
Just because you had five donuts, a bag of chips, and a huge coffee for breakfast that doesn’t mean your whole day has to be that way. Figure out the root to your emotional eating and do something productive to turn the day around and to eat healthier.
Maybe this is the last thing you feel like doing but exercise (even a short walk) will release endorphins and make you automatically feel a lot better. It will also help distract you from mindless eating and make you feel like you’ve accomplished something
And finally, let it out
Sometimes life takes it’s toll on us. Treat yourself to a warm bath with candles, relaxing music, and a hot organic herbal tea, talk to a trusted friend or family member, and then go to bed early. You will be amazed by how much better you feel in the morning.