Like A Thief in the Night…

…Emotional eating comes for you. It won’t be obvious at first, and sometimes you’re too busy to see it, but it may happen. And when it does? You may be struck blind by unhealthy habits and bad routines.

Let’s take it back a bit: What is emotional eating?

Thanks for asking!

Emotional eating is when we use food as a coping mechanism to make ourselves feel better. We’ll be going through a lot in our everyday lives; sometimes that means that we don’t address the problems that we need to.

So, emotional eating becomes a crutch, a way to cope with the bad and good things that happen to us. It is a very destructive and uncontrollable thing, and it can leave your body and your emotions as a mess. An efficient way to destroy your life and all that you’ve built, if you ask me.

But, let’s walk you through the general process of it, so that there’s no confusion. Emotional eating can be tricky, and you need to be clear what happens so you know when you are going through it.

Emotionally-Upsetting Events

Say that you’re at work, and your boss drops you some gigantic piles of deadlines in your desk. Or maybe at home, you and your spouse are fighting again, and it’s an intense one that doesn’t seem to have an end in sight.

See, when you’re experiencing a large emotional moment alone and you can’t solve it instantly, it becomes easy to get overwhelmed. And when you’re overwhelmed, it’s easy to make bad decisions that spiral into bad lifestyle choices.

Like binge-eating.

Chips! Sugar! Ahhh!

Isn’t that how it starts?

First, just one extra chocolate or a small bag of chips after a fight or while working overtime. Then, as the emotionally-upsetting situation continues, it spirals into entire chocolate bars and large bags of chips.

Before you know it, you’re snacking in between meals, gaining weight and having an even more stressful time at work and at home.

Worse still, you get an unhealthy view on food.

Suddenly, food is an enemy because of what it’s doing to your body.

It’s a spiral downwards, and it feels inescapable when you’re in it.

I Need To Eat! (Or Do I…?)

It seems like society is encouraging you to snack constantly.

During parties you feel obliged to taste aunty’s cake or order pizza because everybody else is doing so.

Sometimes, it seems like the messaging on everything is simply: “cravings is a-OK! Just snack when you feel sad, buy food when you need a pick-me-up. That’ll work!”

But here’s the thing those companies don’t tell you: giving into emotional eating isn’t going to make your problems OK. It isn’t even going to make the problem disappear. It just adds more problems on top of it.

You don’t need to eat. Absolutely not. These cravings don’t just distract you from the emotional problems at hand; no, it also brings a gigantic pair of  problems to your body.

See, when we overeat and snack, we essentially bury our body in tons of unhealthy food. It just builds problems, like cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar, as well as problems in the heart, the stomach, the liver, and so on and so on.

So, all this snacking isn’t just idle–it actively destroys your body bit by bit, until you’re unhealthy and you feel less than, even if you are still the same strong and loving person you were before.

You don’t need to let it get there.

Emotional Eating Doesn’t Control You

Emotional eating is a crutch, but it’s a crutch you don’t need. Address the real problems, and don’t hide it behind unhealthy snacks and oily foods. You need some help that a nutrition coach can give.

The Fruit In Your Hands

From July 12 to July 16, I have a #5DayDropYourCravingsChallenge to help people understand what emotional eating takes away from their life and how to overcome their cravings.

Afterwards, if you are keen, I am opening slots to my Group Coaching Program. If you are interested in more than just a diet, then go ahead and reserve a slot today.

May you find the peace and joy you are searching for.

XO

Andrea