Wow, I seem to have opened a can of worms with the emotional eating stuff!
We’ve all been there, finishing a whole bag of crisps out of boredom or downing cookies while sat at our desks.
Thing is, when done a lot — especially without realising it — emotional eating can ruin your efforts at weight loss and ruin your health.
First up, no, you are not an emotional eater, you have the habit of eating when you feel emotional, it’s two different things.
Breaking a habit is much easier than overhauling a personality!
You are not your behaviour. Just because you behave in a certain way doesn’t mean you are that thing. Detaching our personalities and who we are from sabotaging behaviours is key.
One of the biggest myths about emotional eating is that it’s prompted by negative feelings.
Yes, people often turn to food when they’re stressed out, lonely, sad, anxious, or bored.
But emotional eating can be linked to positive feelings too, like the celebration of a birthday.
For many of us, our emotional eating patterns will be learned. The child who is given sweets after a big achievement may grow up using sweets as a reward for a job well done. A kid who is given cookies as a way to stop crying may learn to link cookies with comfort.
For emotional eaters, until they learn to deal with using food as a psychological tool, they won’t be able to adhere to ANY diet plan for long.
Emotional eaters often handle diets well whilst their life is running smoothly, but the minute the slightest thing goes wrong they revert back to their old bingeing habits.
The problem is, using food to deal with feelings creates a vicious cycle.
Negative or positive emotion = Craving of specific food = Emotional eating, feeling content and happy whilst eating = Feeling of guilt, weight gain, negative body image = Negative or positive emotion and so the cycle continues!
Keeping a food and mood diary can help – something that can help you understand your habits so that you can set about changing them – knowledge is power ladies! Face it and fight it!
Friday we will look at your triggers, how to identify them and how to change them.
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