Emotional eating may sometimes be pictured as a girl binging on food after her heart was broken by some guy she really liked. Although these pictures may sometimes look funny and ridiculous, it does happen in real life. There are real people out there who do emotional eating and it doesn’t only happen when they are heartbroken. Now if you have experienced the same situatuon then you’d be happy to know that there are ways to control this.
What is emotional eating?
Emotional eating actually means turning to food for comfort. Most of the time you are not really hungry but a bag of potato chips and a gallon of ice cream seems to be so comforting especially when you are bored, anxious, frustrated, angry or stressed. This is a short term relief for those emotions that causes you stress and despair. Emotional eating can also lead to overeating and weight gain. It is said that about 75% of people who suffer emotional eating is in response to emotions. However, you don’t need to worry as there are ways to take control of this situation and the emotions that can lead you to eating especially when you are facing stress and other sorts of emotions.
Reasons why you turn to emotional eating
There are tons of reasons why people eat their feelings. One is that they are unaware that they do. Two, they find food enjoyable and the more they eat, the more happy they become. Emotional eating can also be due to being unable to tolerate difficult feelings. In short, food and eating is a distraction rather than allowing themselves to face the problem. Another reason for emotional eating is that there is a “hate” in how they look at themselves. The more they hate the way their body looks the more they eat. Thus leading them to make changes even more difficult, the negative view or perception of how their body look is most likely one of the reasons why they don’t want to stop eating and make that change.
How to stop emotional eating?
Taking control of emotional eating is really possible. One way to do it is to remember these:
Be aware of what you are eating.
This means that you have to know everything that you did that led you to emotional eating. Keeping a journal will help and will keep you aware of what you are going through. Why do you want to eat? Are you hungry? If so, how hungry are you in the scale of 1-10? Asking questions like these will also help you identify the triggers of your emotional eating.
Replacing food to something else is also a great idea.
When we are stressed, it’s not surprising that we look for comfort food like cake or ice cream. If you love to eat junk food then the best way to deal with it is to replace it with healthy food or something else to relieve yourself form stress. It could be a good cup of coffee or tea, light healthy snacks like munching on baby carrots or healthy fresh salad and even a good old two-minute back rub will help.
For you to totally take control of your emotional eating, all you need to do is to practice a routine daily. Cutting the calories and carbs in your food can also help. Keep in mind that the more junk you eat, the more depressed you get. So try eating healthy (in case you want to eat) and find other alternatives to relieve your stress. Most importantly, adding discipline to your practice will surely help you in the long run.