Don’t give in to impulses – Know if you are hungry or not by doing a simple test – Ask yourself if you have a banana right now, would you eat it or skip it?


If you ate it, then chances are you are hungry if you chose the latter, which means you are acting on impulse. 


So go ahead and find something to distract you, maybe take a walk or meditate.

 Are you eating because you’re feeling lonely, bored, or sad?

 

Be honest!

 
If you just nodded, you might be experiencing emotional eating.
 
Emotional eating occurs when a person consumes food to meet a need, such as emotional support and love.
 
Agree, chips and ice cream can make us feel better, but we have to deal with the issue that made us eat in the first place.
 

What causes emotional eating?

 
It can be due to stress, anger, sadness, or even boredom. When you eat out of love issues, it may be to fill a void.
 
It’s very common for people to use eating to distract themselves from their feelings.
 
Food can be comforting and give us a temporary boost of energy, but it can often make us feel worse in the long run.
 

Emotional eaters eat these kinds of food:

  • Chocolate
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fried foods
  • Salty snacks
 

A meal seems like a quick fix and can provide instant relief to any problem. However, using food as a coping mechanism can have unfavorable consequences such as:

  • Weight gain
  • Negative self-talk
  • Poor body image
  • Health Issues
  • Weight gain
  • Negative self-talk
  • Poor body image
  • Health Issues
There are more effective ways to cope that will leave you feeling better in both the short- and long term.
 

Here are some tips on how to change your relationship with food:

 
Finding the root cause – Take time to understand the root cause, Are you stressed? Mad? Sad? Or bored?
 
Fixing Imbalances – Are you experiencing any imbalances in your life? Ex: sleep deprivation, hormone changes, or depression?
 
Don’t give in to impulses – Know if you are hungry or not by doing a simple test – Ask yourself if you have a banana right now, would you eat it or skip it?
If you ate it, then chances are you are hungry if you chose the latter, which means you are acting on impulse.
So go ahead and find something to distract you, maybe take a walk or meditate.
 
Create a meal plan – a well-planned meal plan helps to cut stress and hunger cues.
 
Be mindful while eating – focus on a balanced plate and never rush eating, instead enjoy your food.
 

Take care of yourself This may include exercising or getting more sleep.

There are many ways to try and break the cycle of emotional eating. I’d be happy to get onto a call and talk about it further. Click the button now to book your call now.