FIND OUT HOW TO STOP EMOTIONAL EATING FOR GOOD
Well, you may have gotten your big fat pay cheque and you’re all out to have a full-fledged meal, you’re stressed out at the office and you decide to screw that diet regime of yours, you just had an argument with your significant other and you create a recipe for disaster; literally. Excited, frustrated, lonely – we eat.
In reality, we’re all emotional eaters. Emotional eating is common among people of all shapes and sizes – even healthy types – and it can take on different forms. Unfortunately, when we abuse it, we quickly self-sabotage and go through this horrible feeling of guilt. These are situations where you’re not hungry; you’re just managing feelings with food.
If we use food to soothe, calm, to raise our spirits, or for any other emotional purposes, we run the risk that food will always be at the core of these emotions. This temporary relief might just work for some of us but it gets in the way of listening to our emotions. It won’t resolve the problem-unless the problem is being hungry!
Decode those emotions in another way. You could be feeling demotivated at work because you’re unhappy with your career choice, so consider other options like looking for another job. Crushing it with a ‘Roti Canai Banjir’ isn’t going to be any help at all.
ARE YOU AN EMOTIONAL EATER? HERE’S HOW YOU CAN TELL
• Trying real hard but failing to keep the weight off
• Feeling frantic and out of control when eating
• Eating although you’re not hungry
• Binge eating huge proportions of unhealthy food
• Eating late at night
• Having constant thoughts about food/eating
• Sabotaging good feelings and weight loss attempts
• Turning to food during times of stress or despair
• Forcing to chow down on food even if you’re stuffed
• Feels guilty after a food binge (i.e. I will only have whole meal bread tomorrow, I will hit the gym etc.)
BREAK THE EMOTIONAL EATING PATTERN FOR GOOD
• Eat regularly. Have a good meal and snacks appropriate times, and make sure you have a serving of food that you like.
• Only eat when you’re hungry and eat until you’re satisfied. Then stop and remind yourself that another meal or snack will be served soon and you can have it at a later time.
• Apply mindfulness to your meals. Mindfulness is a Buddhist and yogic concept, but it’s also the basis of many of modern approaches to psychology. What it really means is being fully present in the moment, including when you eat. This will help you recognize when you’re truly physically hungry and when emotions are taking over. (www.prevention.com)
Eat positively, deliberately, soothingly, and cheeringly.