Are you a Comfort Eater…?

When we’re feeling depressed, angry, bored or stressed, many of us turn to food to give us comfort. But if you’re developing a serious chocolate habit, it’s time to put a brake on eating bad mood-food..

You’re at home after a bad day at the office and grab a chocolate biscuit. You’re bored, there’s nothing on the TV, so you eat a packet of crisps. You’re lonely, fed up or a relationship is on the rocks, but you never reach for the bag of salad sitting in the fridge do you? Most people turn to food to bolster their emotions; it’s a great way to dull an ache or provide a security blanket if you are stressed or worried. But, unfortunately, what we call comfort food is nearly always utter junk that will ultimately lead to you feeling crap, putting on weight and perhaps worse still – feeling guilty and stressed which leads to you doing it more!

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Thankfully with the right education and coping strategies this destructive cycle doesn’t have to be something we are stuck with for life.

What is Emotional vs. Real Hunger?

In order to break free of the cycle of emotional eating you need to be able to distinguish the difference between real hunger and emotional hunger. This is actually a lot harder than it sounds, especially if you are already ingrained in a pattern of using food to cope with your feelings. Emotional hunger can be extremely powerful which is why it is easy to confuse it with physical hunger.

Take five minutes to think before giving in to a craving

Don’t tell yourself you can’t give in to the craving as the forbidden is extremely tempting, just wait 5 minutes. Use this time to check in with yourself. How are you feeling? What is going on emotionally? Even if you do end up eating you will have a better understanding of why.

Make daily exercise a priority

Physical activity does wonders for your mood and your energy levels. It is also a powerful stress reducer and having the knowledge that you’re working on something is a great motivator.

Make time for relaxation

Give yourself permission to take at least 30 minutes each day to unwind, relax and decompress. This is your time to take a break and recharge your batteries.

Connect with others

Don’t underestimate the importance of social relationships. Spending time with positive people who enhance your life will help protect you from the effects of stress.

Lastly…

If you do slip up, don’t beat yourself up about it, just use it as an opportunity to learn. It can take a long time to change habits, especially long standing ones so try not to be hard on yourself and remain focused on a future of being healthy, happy and free of the cycle of emotional eating.

You Can Do This!

 

Steve