Let’s say you already know that you are an emotional eater. You know what’s healthy to eat and what isn’t. You know about portion control. You love the idea of eating healthy. But you don’t do it consistently. The longer you live with the pressures of being an emotional eater, the worse you feel.
So, what can you do?
Try out these ideas for working through emotional eating.
- Start doing some detective work on your eating patterns. Do you binge eat? When do you overeat? What happens right before you start overeating? Is there a certain emotion that you don’t want to feel?
- Brace yourself and go ahead and feel that emotion. Remind yourself that a feeling is just a feeling. Reassure yourself that you will be alright. Get help dealing with emotional issues when you need it.
- Ask yourself, “Will I feel better after eating this?” If you know that you will have regrets, acknowledge that truth. Let your awareness of the situation guide your choices.
- Set up a time to consult with a nutritionist to see if you are lacking any essential nutrients.
- Choose to create a new ritual for eating. Take the time to mindfully eat your food. Smell and taste and appreciate each bite.
- Remind yourself that diets don’t work. Dealing with the underlying causes of emotional eating works. Enjoying a healthy lifestyle works.
- Make a list of foods that help your mood (spinach, turkey, walnuts) and foods that make you feel worse (sugar and caffeine). Post that list on your refrigerator.
- This is the most important suggestion. Take charge of your health. Learn more about emotional eating. There are many more different suggestions and insights on dealing with emotional eating. Only you know what will work for you. Experiment with lots of different suggestions until you find the approach that works for you! Here is a link to the Top 50 Emotional Eating blogs as determined by The Institute of the Psychology of Eating.