If you struggle with emotional eating, you aren’t alone. Far too many of us make our bad eating choices because of emotions, instead of eating based on our health needs.
When we make food choices based on emotion rather that health, this is negative to our wellbeing. In this article, I will give you tips for how to gauge if you are emotionally eating, and what to do to break this pattern if you find it is a problem.
First, be aware of changes that are going on in your life. Are you in poor health? Have you recently lost your job? Are you having relationship difficulties? Any of these circumstances can trigger a bout of emotional eating.
Next, figure out where the hunger is coming from. Real hunger comes from your body; you feel physically hungry, not just like you want to eat. Many people are not able to recognize the difference. It is crucial that you know when your body needs fuel, and that you don’t confuse this with when your mind is encouraging you to eat.
Every time you get the urge to eat, ask yourself if you are really hungry or if you are trying to deal with emotions via food.
Don’t reach for your favorite snack foods either. Stay away from foods you find especially comforting as these tend to be the ones you will turn to in emotional eating.
In the event that you are hungry, ask yourself when you last ate. If you have eaten recently, try to take your mind off of food. Exercise often works for this, and is healthy besides. It can distract you even while it burns calories.
Try for a while to control your own emotional eating, and remember that these habits won’t be broken overnight. Real, lasting change may take some time. However, if you work for a good while on changing your unhealthy eating habits but can’t manage it, you may need the help of a professional. Emotional eating is a compulsion that can have many harmful effects and it is important to stop this behavior.
We need food to live. However, food can also be used as a drug. It can be abused as a drug as well, and cause more harm than good if misused.
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