Ah emotional eating. Something I’ve had plenty of battles with. After a long stressful day, an argument with a loved one, or just because I wanted to, food would comfort me. It was always there for me when I needed it, I mean I saw it in my waistline, it was ALWAYS there.
As I started my weight loss journey and looked at the food I ate, I also had to take a good hard look at the foods I was eating to comfort my emotions. For me (and I’m guessing many others) it was always carb heavy foods. The foods we tend to overeat when we are stressed out or emotional are also the ones that are easy to overeat in one sitting (chips anyone?).
So how did I deal with those times when I really wanted to down a burrito because someone pissed me off? Here’s some of the tips that helped me and continue to help me to this day:
- Mindfulness – One of the most important things I’ve learned not only with food but with life in general is to do everything mindfully and in the present moment. When your living in the past or the future, your taking away your power of the here and now. Before reaching for chips for comfort, stop and take in a deep breath through your nose for a count of three, hold your breath for a count of three, and breathe out through your mouth as slowly as possible (putting your lips together like your drinking through a straw). Repeat until you are able to bring your focus back to the present moment.
- Drink water – Sometimes it’s hard to tell if your hungry, tired or just thirsty. Treat yourself to a nice lemon water or cup of tea.
- Portion Control – If you have chips or other foods that can be overeaten easily, portion them out into sandwich bags and only grab one a day (I know it’s hard to stick to just one, but this is where the mindfulness comes in)
How are some of the ways you deal with emotional eating?